Navigation Links
Some vocal-mimicking animals, particularly parrots, can move to a musical beat
Date:4/30/2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Researchers at Harvard University have found that humans aren't the only ones who can groove to a beat -- some other species can dance, too. This capability was previously believed to be specific to humans. The research team found that only species that can mimic sound seem to be able to keep a beat, implying an evolutionary link between the two capacities.

The study was led by Adena Schachner, a doctoral candidate in psychology at Harvard, and is published in the current issue of Current Biology. Schachner's co-authors are Marc Hauser, professor of psychology at Harvard, Irene Pepperberg, lecturer at Harvard and adjunct associate professor of psychology at Brandeis University, and Timothy Brady, a doctoral candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Schachner and her colleagues closely studied Alex, a well-known African grey parrot who passed away shortly after the study, and Snowball, a sulphur-crested cockatoo whose humanlike dancing behavior had led to online fame.

"Our analyses showed that these birds' movements were more lined up with the musical beat than we'd expect by chance," says Schachner. "We found strong evidence that they were synchronizing with the beat, something that has not been seen before in other species."

The researchers noted that these two birds had something in common: an excellent ability to mimic sound.

"It had recently been theorized that vocal mimicry might be related to the ability to move to a beat," says Schachner. "The particular theory was that natural selection for vocal mimicry resulted in a brain mechanism that was also needed for moving to a beat. This theory made a really specific prediction: Only animals that can mimic sound should be able to keep a beat."

To test this prediction, Schachner needed data from a large variety of animalsso she turned to a novel source of data, the YouTube video database. Schachner systematicall
'/>"/>

Contact: Amy Lavoie
amy_lavoie@harvard.edu
617-496-9982
Harvard University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/12/2015)... 2015  New research unveiled at Black Hat ... to steal users, fingerprints. Information released today by ... scanners on mobile devices, making the security of ... on mobile devices, HYPR Corp. recently released a ... systems with strong cryptographic security. More information on ...
(Date:8/10/2015)... 2015 The latest 364 page report ... of the global border security market . Visiongain ... in 2015. Now: Border security is hard to ... the business critical issue you need to know about - ... objective analysis of how this will impact your company and ...
(Date:8/5/2015)... August 5, 2015 According to ... Management Market by Software, Services, Vertical (BFSI, Airport, IT & ... - Global Forecast to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, defines ... globally into various segments. The global PIAM Market is ... $546.2 Million by 2019, at a CAGR of 14.9 ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):HYPR Corp. Addresses Android Vulnerability That Exposes Ecosystem-wide Biometric Security Challenges 2HYPR Corp. Addresses Android Vulnerability That Exposes Ecosystem-wide Biometric Security Challenges 3Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 2Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 3Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 4Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 5Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 6Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 7Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 8Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 9Physical Identity and Access Management Market Worth $546.2 Million by 2019 2Physical Identity and Access Management Market Worth $546.2 Million by 2019 3Physical Identity and Access Management Market Worth $546.2 Million by 2019 4
... , This release is available in ... the US and Europe harbour more plant species than ... closer related to each other and often share similar ... environmental impacts than rural ecosystems. This is concluded by ...
... Strasbourg 18/04/12 - Technology has transformed the way humans interact ... big ideas that will drive growth in marine and maritime ... and policy will gather at the 3rd Marine Board Forum ... Marine Board has convened this flagship event on the understanding ...
... Lugano-CH/Aurora-US-CO/Geneva-CH, 18 April 2012 -- New techniques for identifying ... screening, a nanotech ,nose, and a method to examine ... according to presentations at the 3rd European Lung Cancer ... lung cancer is vital to improve lung cancer survival ...
Cached Biology News:Live fast, die young 2New technologies for a blue future 2Early detection techniques offer hope for improved outcomes in lung cancer patients 2Early detection techniques offer hope for improved outcomes in lung cancer patients 3Early detection techniques offer hope for improved outcomes in lung cancer patients 4
(Date:8/27/2015)... ... August 27, 2015 , ... ... venture capital funds, investment firms and animal health companies to hear from animal ... $160 million. Several have also received licensing agreements or distribution contracts. This ...
(Date:8/27/2015)... LANSING, Mich. , Aug. 27, 2015  Neogen ... has acquired the stock of United Kingdom ... supplier of microbiological culture media and diagnostic systems. ... has grown into a leading provider of microbial testing ... and clinical testing markets. The company currently sells into ...
(Date:8/27/2015)... CELEBRATION, Fla. , Aug. 27, 2015 ... announced that a patient,s eyes—and life—were saved by doctors ... , working with NNFF, NovaBay Pharmaceuticals and Dr. ... Wound Care Center at Seton Medical Center in ... The successful treatment used a breakthrough approach, pioneered by ...
(Date:8/27/2015)... , Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - BIOREM Inc. (TSXV: BRM) ... and six-month periods ended June 30, 2015. Biorem,s complete second quarter ... ). FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS: in ,000,s except earnings per shareThree-months ended ... 2014 , 2015 , 2014 Revenue ... , 4,433 Gross profit , 1,656 , ...
Breaking Biology Technology:VetStem Biopharma, Inc. Among Seventeen Companies Selected to Present at the KC Animal Health Investment Forum on September 1st 2015 2VetStem Biopharma, Inc. Among Seventeen Companies Selected to Present at the KC Animal Health Investment Forum on September 1st 2015 3Neogen acquires U.K.-based Lab M Holdings 2Patient's Life and Eyes Saved from Gruesome Flesh-Eating Infection Consuming Her Face 2Patient's Life and Eyes Saved from Gruesome Flesh-Eating Infection Consuming Her Face 3BIOREM Reports $718,000 Net Earnings for the Second Quarter 2BIOREM Reports $718,000 Net Earnings for the Second Quarter 3
... 10, 2011 AWAC, an inVentiv Health company, and ... enabled medical management solutions, announced today that it has ... The new name and organization – unveiled today ... Phoenix, Arizona – better reflects the company,s expanded solutions, ...
... With the decreasing cost and ... cost-effective sample preparation pipeline for targeted sequencing.  To ... sample preparation throughput to the ever increasing throughput ... ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announces the imminent launch ...
... Scientists at deCODE Genetics and academic collaborators from ... the discovery of low frequency variants in the human genome ... and serum uric acid levels.  The study was done in ... online edition of Nature Genetics . Using ...
Cached Biology Technology:AWAC Becomes inVentiv Medical Managementâ„¢ 2Roche NimbleGen Announces New Pre-capture Multiplexing for Target Enrichment Technology in Sequencing 2Roche NimbleGen Announces New Pre-capture Multiplexing for Target Enrichment Technology in Sequencing 3deCODE Genetics, in Collaboration with Academic Colleagues and Illumina, Discovers Two Rare Variants that Affect the Risk of Gout and Serum Uric Acid Levels 2deCODE Genetics, in Collaboration with Academic Colleagues and Illumina, Discovers Two Rare Variants that Affect the Risk of Gout and Serum Uric Acid Levels 3
The S. cerevisiae Hansen strains are the parental yeast strains from which the deletions were derived....
Tissue culture grade....
The DNA DipStick Kit is ideal for estimating nucleic acid concentrations and approximate yields. Works with ss- and ds-DNA, RNA, and oligonucleotides at concentrations as low as 0.1 ng/l....
IHC detection kit for PCNA in cells and tissues...
Biology Products: