Navigation Links
Birdsong study pecks theory that music is uniquely human
Date:12/26/2012

A bird listening to birdsong may experience some of the same emotions as a human listening to music, suggests a new study on white-throated sparrows, published in Frontiers of Evolutionary Neuroscience.

"We found that the same neural reward system is activated in female birds in the breeding state that are listening to male birdsong, and in people listening to music that they like," says Sarah Earp, who led the research as an undergraduate at Emory University.

For male birds listening to another male's song, it was a different story: They had an amygdala response that looks similar to that of people when they hear discordant, unpleasant music.

The study, co-authored by Emory neuroscientist Donna Maney, is the first to compare neural responses of listeners in the long-standing debate over whether birdsong is music.

"Scientists since the time of Darwin have wondered whether birdsong and music may serve similar purposes, or have the same evolutionary precursors," Earp notes. "But most attempts to compare the two have focused on the qualities of the sound themselves, such as melody and rhythm."

Earp's curiosity was sparked while an honors student at Emory, majoring in both neuroscience and music. She took "The Musical Brain" course developed by Paul Lennard, director of Emory's Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology program, which brought in guest lecturers from the fields of neuroscience and music.

"During one class, the guest speaker was a composer and he said that he thought that birdsong is like music, but Dr. Lennard thought it was not," Earp recalls. "It turned into this huge debate, and each of them seemed to define music differently. I thought it was interesting that you could take one question and have two conflicting answers that are both right, in a way, depending on your perspective and how you approach the question."

As a senior last year, Earp received a grant from the Scholars
'/>"/>

Contact: Beverly Clark
beverly.clark@emory.edu
404-712-8780
Emory University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Study turns parasite invasion theory on its head
2. Gout study offers genetic insight into disease of kings
3. Native orchid protection and conservation subject of new AgriLife Research study
4. Cell Transplantation study investigates fate and function of cells transplanted to the CNS
5. Study reports iron oxide nanoparticles effective for labeling human endothelial cells
6. Study looks at gray seal impact on beach water quality
7. Study reveals that animals contribute to seagrass dispersal
8. UC Irvine study of leaping toads reveals muscle-protecting mechanism
9. NTU study finds ways to prevent muscle loss, obesity and diabetes
10. Hass Avocado Board study published in Food & Function journal
11. Univ. of MD School of Medicine to study drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2015)... 30, 2015  It is gratifying to see that ... for genomic science as a means to better understand ... treatment.  I was honored to participate in today,s White ... program. Since the 1980s my teams ... the first sequenced genome of a free living organism, ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... CHICAGO , Jan. 9, 2015 Valid S.A. ("Company") ... the market in general the State of Washington,s ... contract for a new enrollment and central issuance system for ... The project planning and development will start ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Showcase, Hall E -   EyeLock Inc. , a market ... showcase its EyeLock ID technology integrated in a 3D printed ... Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) at the 2015 ... technology is being used to validate the driver and authorize ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CEO, Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) Participates in White House Precision Medicine Event 2Valid USA Signs Contract For Washington Driver's License Issuance 2EyeLock Debuts First Iris Authentication Technology Embedded in 3D Printed Automobile 2EyeLock Debuts First Iris Authentication Technology Embedded in 3D Printed Automobile 3
... SALT LAKE CITY People who are at risk ... cancer may soon have a better chance at surviving or ... by the Intermountain Clinical Genetics Institute at LDS Hospital. ... to develop a reliable and cost-effective way to identify patients ...
... DC -- A team of researchers at the Department ... exact, single gene that controls ethanol production capacity in ... in developing biomass crops that produce higher concentrations of ... of Energy relies on the scientific discoveries of its ...
... of mammary gland biology are essential in the fight ... as an Experimental Model , this organ represents an ... processes that occur throughout the body. The branching morphogenesis ... pregnancy, for example, recapitulate steps that occur in many ...
Cached Biology News:New process that may save lives of cancer patients is effective and significantly less costly 2New process that may save lives of cancer patients is effective and significantly less costly 3Single, key gene discovery could streamline production of biofuels 2
(Date:3/4/2015)... 4, 2015 Lancée ... Paris en décembre 2011, l,étude collaborative ... », qui compare   l es microsphères ... sorafénib dans le carcinome hépatocellulaire avancé, a recruté ... foie avancé   ; les résultats sont attendus ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... 2015 NASA astronaut Scott Kelly , who ... spend a year living and working on the International Space ... to 7 a.m. EDT Monday, March 9. Kelly ... completes the final weeks of his training. The interviews will ... Television highlighting his mission training and previous spaceflights. ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... SAN DIEGO , March 3, 2015  Neurocrine ... that Kevin Gorman , President and Chief Executive ... Barclays Global Healthcare Conference in Miami.   ... at 10:15am ET (7:15am PT).  The presentation will be ... at http://www.neurocrine.com .   Listeners are ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... March 03, 2015 Crown Bioscience, Inc., ... has launched a new Life Science division specializing in ... research. , The first products released include in ... and soon to be released in vivo grade monoclonal ... to expand their life science portfolio with additional antibody ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Traitement du cancer primitif du foie : Recrutement terminé pour l'étude SARAH et résultats attendus fin 2016 2Traitement du cancer primitif du foie : Recrutement terminé pour l'étude SARAH et résultats attendus fin 2016 3Traitement du cancer primitif du foie : Recrutement terminé pour l'étude SARAH et résultats attendus fin 2016 4Traitement du cancer primitif du foie : Recrutement terminé pour l'étude SARAH et résultats attendus fin 2016 5Traitement du cancer primitif du foie : Recrutement terminé pour l'étude SARAH et résultats attendus fin 2016 6NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Available for Interviews before One-Year Space Station Mission 2Crown Bioscience Launches Life Science Product Catalog 2
... Basis, Proprietary MicroRNAs for Research Applications ... has Access to a Full Range of ... on These MicroRNAs, REHOVOT, Israel and JERSEY CITY, ... ), a leading,developer of microRNA-based diagnostics and therapeutics, announced ...
... Alfacell Corporation,(Nasdaq: ACEL ) today announced that Kuslima ... retire from the company on,or before March 31, 2009. ... Shogen and Alfacell has been terminated., The termination ... reduce payments from the Company to Ms. Shogen by ...
... to Date Examined 175,000 Teenage Girls and Adult ... before motherhood,more than doubled in six years among ... study published in the May issue of Diabetes ... looked exclusively at gestational diabetes,(diabetes that develops during ...
Cached Biology Technology:Rosetta Genomics Announces Expansion of its MicroRNA Intellectual Property Estate 2Rosetta Genomics Announces Expansion of its MicroRNA Intellectual Property Estate 3Rosetta Genomics Announces Expansion of its MicroRNA Intellectual Property Estate 4Alfacell Announces Retirement of Chief Executive Officer 2Alfacell Announces Retirement of Chief Executive Officer 3Alfacell Announces Retirement of Chief Executive Officer 4Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Diabetes Doubling Before Motherhood 2Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Diabetes Doubling Before Motherhood 3Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Diabetes Doubling Before Motherhood 4
Rabbit polyclonal antibody to NMDA NR2B [Tyr1336]...
... with the DeCypher Engine accelerator cards to speed ... searches like these from your desktop: BLAST ... 6 days Align BAC-sized queries (~250 ... analysis to compare 100,000 sequences to PFAM in ...
... tetrasodium bromide), 50mg/vial. MTT is a pale ... cells to yield a dark blue formazan ... even freshly dead cells do not cleave ... a component of Chemicons MTT assay kit, ...
Mouse monoclonal antibody to FMN2 - formin 2...
Biology Products: