Date: 10AM February 4 to 12AM February 5, 2013
Location: University of Southern Denmark Room O77, Campusvej 55, Odense, Denmark
Birdsong has inspired lovers, musicians, poets, naturalists, and scientists throughout human history. This fascination is fueled both by our appreciation of the natural beauty of these acoustic compositions and the intrinsic similarity with our own faculty of speech.
Like human infants, songbirds learn their elaborate vocalizations through imitation learning. This learning process displays many parallels to human speech acquisition and takes place in a neural network dedicated to song learning and production. Over the past decades, songbirds have emerged as a productive model to understand the neural mechanisms that underlie imitative vocal learning. More recently, songbirds have also developed into an important model system to answer some of the most fundamental questions in behavioral neuroscience.
This workshop will present new advances in research areas aiming at uncovering the physiological and neural mechanisms involved in vocal learning in songbirds, from cellular physiology and genetics to behavior.