Song learning in birds: diversity and plasticity, opportunities and challenges

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A common trend in neuroscience is convergence on selected model systems. Underlying this approach is an often implicit assumption that mechanisms observed in one species are characteristic of all related species. Although themodel systemapproach has been extremelyproductive, itmight not account for all of themechanistic differences between species that differ behaviourally.

Eliot A. Brenowitz and Michael D. Beecher, TRENDS in Neurosciences Vol.28 No.3 March 2005

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