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Mirror Neurons May Help Songbirds Stay in Tune

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Science  18 Jan 2008:
Vol. 319, Issue 5861, pp. 269
DOI: 10.1126/science.319.5861.269a

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In work published this week, researchers describe mirror neurons in songbirds that fire when a bird sings or hears another bird sing a song similar to its own, a finding that may pave the way to insights into how songbirds learn and maintain their complex songs.