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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Earlier this month, researchers reported that parrotlet chicks learn their calls from their parents, much like human children do from mom and dad. The study is the latest to challenge the idea that only humans use language. Why do animals vocalize in the wild? Are these sounds similar to human language? And what might these studies tell us about the evolution of our own language abilities?
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Ofer Tchernichovski is a biopsychology professor at Hunter College, City University of New York. He uses the songbird to study mechanisms of vocal learning. His lab studies the animal behavior and dynamics of vocal learning and sound production across different brain levels. The lab aims to uncover the specific physiological and molecular (gene expression) brain processes that underlie song learning.
Michael J. Owren
Michael J. Owren is a cognitive science professor and biopsychologist at Georgia State University. He and his graduate students study vocal communication in human and nonhuman primates, including laughter and other nonlinguistic vocalizations. Recent work at Georgia State's Language Research Center has demonstrated surprisingly sophisticated speech-perception capabilities in an adult chimpanzee that had been raised from just a few days of age by human caregivers who treated her much as they would a human infant.