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Type: Journal article
Title: Experience dependence of neural responses to different classes of male songs in the primary auditory forebrain of female songbirds
Author: Hauber, M.
Woolley, S.
Cassey, P.
Theunissen, F.
Citation: Behavioural Brain Research, 2013; 243(1):184-190
Publisher: Elsevier Science BV
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0166-4328
1872-7549
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Mark E. Hauber, Sarah M.N. Woolley, Phillip Cassey, Frédéric E. Theunissen
Abstract: There is both extensive species-specificity and critical experience-dependence in the recognition of own species songs in many songbird species. For example, female zebra finches Taeniopygia guttata raised by their parents show behavioral preferences for the songs of the father over unfamiliar conspecific males and for unfamiliar songs of conspecifics over heterospecifics. Behavioral discrimination between different species' songs is also displayed by females raised without exposure to any male songs but it is diminished in females raised by heterospecific foster parents. We tested whether neural responses in the female auditory forebrain paralleled each of these known behavioral patterns in song-class discrimination. We analyzed spike rates, above background levels, recorded from single units in the L2a subregion of the field L complex of female zebra finches. In subjects raised by genetic parents, spike rates were similar to songs of fathers and unfamiliar male zebra finches, and higher to unfamiliar conspecific over unfamiliar heterospecific songs. In females raised in isolation from male songs, we also found higher spike rates to unfamiliar conspecific over heterospecific songs. In females raised by heterospecific foster parents, spike rates were similar in response to songs of the foster father and unfamiliar males of the foster species, similar between unfamiliar songs of conspecifics and the heterospecific foster species, and higher to unfamiliar songs of the foster species over a third finch species. Thus, in parallel to the experience-dependence of females' behaviors in response to different male song classes, differences in social experiences can also alter neural response patterns to male song classes in the auditory forebrain of female zebra finches.
Keywords: Bengalese finch; Black-throated finch; Female perception; Oscines; Recognition template; Spike rates
Rights: © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020124698
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2013.01.007
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