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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2014 Oct;28:179-87. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2014.08.003. Epub 2014 Sep 15.

Temporal pattern processing in songbirds.

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Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, United States.
2
Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, United States; Neurobiology Section, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego, United States; Neurosciences Graduate Program, University of California, San Diego, United States; Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, La Jolla, United States. Electronic address: tgentner@ucsd.edu.

Abstract

Understanding how the brain perceives, organizes and uses patterned information is directly related to the neurobiology of language. Given the present limitations, such knowledge at the scale of neurons, neural circuits and neural populations can only come from non-human models, focusing on shared capacities that are relevant to language processing. Here we review recent advances in the behavioral and neural basis of temporal pattern processing of natural auditory communication signals in songbirds, focusing on European starlings. We suggest a general inhibitory circuit for contextual modulation that can act to control sensory representations based on patterning rules.

PMID:
25201176
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2014.08.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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