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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2010 Dec;20(6):748-53. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2010.08.007. Epub 2010 Sep 9.

Neurobiology of vocal communication: mechanisms for sensorimotor integration and vocal patterning.

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Department of Biological Sciences, MC2432, Columbia University, New York, NY 10025, USA. dbk3@columbia.edu

Abstract

This review will focus on recent developments in the sensorimotor integration of vocal communication. Two broad themes are emphasized: the evolution of vocal production and perception, and the role of social context. Advances include: a proposal for the emergence of vocal patterning during vertebrate evolution, the role of sensory mechanisms such as categorical perception in decoding communication signals, contributions of sensorimotor integration phenomena including mirror neurons and vocal learning, and mechanisms of hormone-dependent plasticity in both auditory and vocal systems. Transcriptional networks activated in humans but not in chimps by the FoxP2 gene suggest molecular mechanisms underlying vocal gestures and the emergence of human language.

PMID:
20829032
PMCID:
PMC3025055
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2010.08.007
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