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Rockefeller’s newest faculty member studies birdsong to illuminate the origins of human language

Rockefeller’s newest faculty member studies bird song to illuminate the origins of human languageErich Jarvis, currently a professor at Duke University, uses songbirds as a model to study the mechanisms that underlie how individuals learn spoken language. He will be joining Rockefeller as a professor this fall. More »

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Songbirds’ elaborate cries for food show first signs of vocal learning

How a handful of social animals ever learned to actively style their vocal communication is a question that has dogged biologists for generations. New research in chipping sparrows suggests that the talent originally appeared in these songbirds as a competition for food among siblings and later evolved into vocal imitation used in territorial defense and courtship. More »

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