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Physiology (Bethesda). 2016 Nov 1;31(6):442-451.

Breathtaking Songs: Coordinating the Neural Circuits for Breathing and Singing.

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1
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and marcschm@sas.upenn.edu F.Goller@utah.edu.
2
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah marcschm@sas.upenn.edu F.Goller@utah.edu.

Abstract

The vocal behavior of birds is remarkable for its diversity, and songs can feature elaborate characteristics such as long duration, rapid temporal pattern, and broad frequency range. The respiratory system plays a central role in generating the complex song patterns that must be integrated with its life-sustaining functions. Here, we explore how precise coordination between the neural circuits for breathing and singing is fundamental to production of these remarkable behaviors.

PMID:
27708050
PMCID:
PMC6195667
DOI:
10.1152/physiol.00004.2016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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