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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2014 Oct;28:115-20. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2014.07.002. Epub 2014 Jul 23.

The role of ultrasonic vocalizations in mouse communication.

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1
School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA 98686, United States. Electronic address: Portfors@vancouver.wsu.edu.
2
Depts. Biology & Otolaryngology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-6515, United States.

Abstract

Human speech and language underlie many aspects of social behavior and thus understanding their ultimate evolutionary function and proximate genetic and neural mechanisms is a fundamental goal in neuroscience. Mouse ultrasonic vocalizations have recently received enormous attention as possible models for human speech. This attention has raised the question of whether these vocalizations are learned and what roles they play in communication. In this review, we first discuss recent evidence that ultrasonic vocalizations are not learned. We then review current evidence addressing how adult vocalizations may communicate courtship, territorial and/or other information. While there is growing evidence that these signals play key roles in communication, many important questions remain unanswered.

PMID:
25062471
PMCID:
PMC4177333
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2014.07.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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