Birds May Get Emotional Over Birdsong

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many birds use song to communicate everything from threats to mating intentions, but are these vocalizations considered music? Emory University neuroscientist Sarah Earp, also a classically trained viola player, decided to tackle this question, along with her colleague Donna Maney, by comparing neural responses of birds while they listened to male bird songs. "We found that the same neural reward system is activated in female birds in the breeding state that are listening to male birdsong, and in people listening to music that they like," said Earp, who recently published the study's findings in Frontiers of Evolutionary Neuroscience. Conversely, the two researchers found that male birds listening to another male's song had the same neurological responses as people who hear music that sounds discordant. The researchers decided to compare the chemical pathway that is known to respond to music in humans, and that has a clear avian analog. To perform the

Birds May Get Emotional Over Birdsong

Birds listening to birdsong may be experiencing an emotional response similar to humans listening to music according to a study tracking neural activity in sparrows.

Fri 28 Dec 12 from Wired Science

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