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Learning: The cerebellum influences vocal timing

  1. Court Hull  Is a corresponding author
  1. Duke University, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e40447 doi: 10.7554/eLife.40447
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Brain circuits for vocal learning in songbirds and humans.

Songbird circuits that support vocal learning (left), also labeled according to their homologous structures in humans (right). These include the cortex (gray and dark gray), the basal ganglia (Area X/BG; red) and the thalamus (green and light green). Pidoux et al. have revealed a functional connection (bold arrows) from an area in the cerebellum, the dentate nucleus (DN; blue), through the dorsal thalamic zone in the thalamus (DTZ; green) to Area X (red) in the basal ganglia. Abbreviations: DLM medial portion of the dorsolateral nucleus of the anterior thalamus; HVC song-related motor nuclei, used as proper name; LMAN lateral magnocellular nucleus of the anterior nidopallium; RA robust nucleus of the arcopallium.

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