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The basal ganglia within a cognitive system in birds and mammals

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Christopher Petkov


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The primate basal ganglia are fundamental to Ackermann et al.'s proposal. However, primates and rodents are models for human cognitive functions involving basal ganglia circuits, and links between striatal function and vocal communication come from songbirds. We suggest that the proposal is better integrated in cognitive and/or motor theories on spoken language origins and with more analogous nonhuman animal models.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Petkov CI, Jarvis ED

Publication type: Editorial

Publication status: Published

Journal: Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Year: 2014

Volume: 37

Issue: 6

Pages: 568-569

Print publication date: 17/12/2014

Online publication date: 17/12/2014

ISSN (print): 0140-525X

ISSN (electronic): 1469-1825

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X13004160