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Singing in the brain

...s. First, there is a "subsong" phase in which they babble softly, almost like human infants. Then, they undergo a "plastic" phase when they practice singing for eight or nine months, and "when the bird is producing song and comparing it to the memory he has formed," Plamondon says. After that, the birds und...

Singers (and parents) take note: Worst songbird rehearsals precede best debuts

...arning to imitate songs accurately, much as babies babble before grasping words. Therefore, the new research points to the need for a quantitative study of the effects of sleep on learning in human infants, says Partha Mitra, a theoretical neuroscientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory who participated in ...

How the brain sorts babble into auditory streams

... the brain's auditory processing centers to sort a babble of different sounds, like cocktail party chatter, into identifiable individual voices has long been a mystery. Now, researchers analyzing how both humans and monkeys perceive sequences of tones have created a model that can predict the central featur...

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