ERIC Number: EJ890986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
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Song Recognition in Zebra Finches: Are There Sensitive Periods for Song Memorization?
Braaten, Richard F.
Learning and Motivation, v41 n3 p202-212 Aug 2010
Male zebra finches learn to sing songs that they hear between 25 and 65 days of age, the sensitive period for song learning. In this experiment, male and female zebra finches were exposed to zebra finch songs either before (n = 9) or during (n = 4) the sensitive period. Following song exposure, recognition memory for the songs was assessed with an operant discrimination between familiar and novel songs. Zebra finches that were exposed to songs between 22 and 30 days of age discriminated between familiar and novel songs; zebra finches exposed to songs from 9 to 17 days of age did not. Failure to memorize songs heard prior to the sensitive period may contribute to the exclusion of those songs from the repertoire of songbirds. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Singing, Recognition (Psychology), Experiments, Memory, Memorization, Animals, Males, Females
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