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Neuroscience of Birdsong

ISBN-10: 0521869153

ISBN-13: 9780521869157

Edition: 2008

Authors: H. Philip Zeigler, Peter Marler

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Speech has long been thought of as a uniquely defining characteristic of humans. Yet song birds, like humans, communicate using learned signals (song, speech) that are acquired from their parents by a process of vocal imitation. Both song and speech begin as amorphous vocalizations (subsong, babble) that are gradually transformed into an individualized version of the parents speech, including dialects. With contributions from both the founding forefathers and younger researchers who represent the future of this field, this book provides a comprehensive summary of birdsong neurobiology, and identifies the common brain mechanisms underlying this achievement in both birds and humans. Written primarily for advanced graduates and researchers, there is an introductory overview covering song learning, the parallels between language and birdsong and the relationship between the brains of birds and mammals; subsequent sections deal with producing, processing, learning and recognizing song, as well as with hormonal and genomic mechanisms.
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Book details

List price: $189.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/18/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 542
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.036
Language: English

List of contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Foundations: Singing And The Brain
Introduction
Birdsong and human speech: common themes and mechanisms
Birdsong and singing behavior
The Australian magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen): an alternative model for the study of songbird neurobiology
Songbirds and the revised avian brain nomenclature
The songbird brain in comparative perspective
Song Production And Its Neural Control
Introduction
From brain to song: the vocal organ and vocal tract
Peripheral mechanisms of sensorimotor integration during singing
Integrating breathing and singing: forebrain and brainstem mechanisms
Birdsong: anatomical foundations and central mechanisms of sensorimotor integration
Hearing And Recognizing The Song
Introduction
Song selectivity and the songbird brain
Song-selective neurons in the songbird brain: synaptic mechanisms and functional roles
Temporal auditory pattern recognition in songbirds
Learning The Song: Mechanisms Of Acquisition And Maintenance
Introduction
Comparative aspects of song learning
Developmental song learning in the zebra finch
Auditory feedback and singing in adult birds
The anterior forebrain pathway and vocal plasticity
Circuits and cellular mechanisms of sensory acquisition
Chasin' the trace: the neural substrate of birdsong memory
The template concept: crafting a song replica from memory
Mechanisms Of Modulation And Plasticity
Introduction
Hormonal modulation of singing behavior: methodology and principles of hormone action
Sex differences in brain and behavior and the neuroendocrine control of the motivation to sing
Plasticity of the song control system in adult birds
Regulation and function of neuronal replacement in the avian song system
The Genomic Revolution And Birdsong Neurobiology
Introduction
Studies of songbirds in the age of genetics: what to expect from genomic approaches in the next 20 years
Behavior-dependent expression of inducible genes in vocal learning birds
Genes for tuning up the vocal brain: FoxP2 in human speech and birdsong
On a Personal Note
Introduction
William Homan Thorpe
My journey with birdsong
The discovery of replaceable neurons
Birdsong and monkey talk: an ethological journey
References
Author index
Subject index