Avian brains and a new understanding of vertebrate brain evolution.
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We believe that names have a powerful influence on the experiments we do and the way in which we think. For this reason, and in the light of new evidence about the function and evolution of the vertebrate brain, an international consortium of neuroscientists has reconsidered the traditional, 100-year-old terminology that is used to describe the avian cerebrum. Our current understanding of the avian brain - in particular the neocortex-like cognitive functions of the avian pallium - requires a new terminology that better reflects these functions and the homologies between avian and mammalian brains.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1038/nrn1606
Publication InfoAvian Brain Nomenclature Consortium; Ball, GF; Bruce, Laura L; Butler, AB; Csillag, A; Dugas-Ford, J; ... Yu, J (2005). Avian brains and a new understanding of vertebrate brain evolution. Nat Rev Neurosci, 6(2). pp. 151-159. 10.1038/nrn1606. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/11226.
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Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Neurobiology
Dr. Jarvis' laboratory studies the neurobiology of vocal communication. Emphasis is placed on the molecular pathways involved in the perception and production of learned vocalizations. They use an integrative approach that combines behavioral, anatomical, electrophysiological and molecular biological techniques. The main animal model used is songbirds, one of the few vertebrate groups that evolved the ability to learn vocalizations. The generality of the discoveries is tested in other vocal