Learning to Talk, Learning to Sing: Parallels in Humans and Songbirds, Part 1 - 2010
Humans learn to talk, songbirds learn to sing. The developmental mechanisms by which they do so have been discovered to share many parallels at the neural, behavioral and social levels of organization. The University of Washington’s Dr. Michael Beecher discusses the important role of social interaction in vocal learning and illustrate the insights that can be gained by comparisons of similar processes in humans and animals. This lecture is the second of three in the annual Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lecture Series presented by the University of Washington Department of Psychology and the University of Washington Alumni Association.
Dr. Michael Beecher, professor, Psychology, University of Washington