Thursday, December 13, 2007

Songbird speech

Just ran into this paper that knocks down FoxP2 in songbirds. We've mentioned FoxP2 before on the bayblab as it is necessary for proper language development in humans. And indeed these songbirds are unable to properly imitate songs after knockdown of FoxP2 in a particular brain area. This really strongly suggests an evolutionary relationship between bird songs, (at least learned bird songs) and human language. An animal model for language development = Cool.


Anonymous said...

If you knock down the area (FoxP2)in the young birds,would you get the same clusion?
Animals model for learning language is interesting!!