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Scaling the Levels of Birdsong Analysis

  • Jon T. SakataEmail author
  • Sarah C. Woolley
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Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 71)

Abstract

Over the past decades, research into the vocal communication system of songbirds has flourished. Research has spanned many levels of analysis, from broad evolutionary analyses of song production and acquisition to groundbreaking studies of neural contributions to song control and learning. Furthermore, there is increasing appreciation that song learning and control in songbirds share profound parallels with speech acquisition and control in humans, and that the neural circuits underlying birdsong and speech are highly analogous as well as homologous. For those reasons, songbirds have become the preeminent model system for generating and testing mechanistic models of speech acquisition and control. These aspects of and approaches to birdsong are the topics of this volume of the Springer Handbooks on Auditory Research (SHAR). This chapter serves to provide brief historical and conceptual backgrounds to birdsong research.

Keywords

Communication Comparative approach Neural circuits Neuroethology Social behavior Song learning Songbird Tinbergen Vocal learning Zebra finch 

Notes

Compliance With Ethics Requirements

Jon T. Sakata declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Sarah C. Woolley declares that she has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology and Centre for Research in Brain, Language, and MusicMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Center for Studies in Behavioral NeurobiologyConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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