Mice "sing" like birds and people, research finds

10/11/2012 | BBC · Telegraph (London), The

Mice may have the brain power needed to adapt the pitch of the ultrasonic "songs" males sing to attract mates, according to new research from Tulane University. Male mice that were housed together demonstrated vocal learning, a rare attribute in the animal world, by matching the pitch of their songs to that of others. The research explored the mechanism through which the mouse brain controls pitch, and scientists say the findings may be useful in studying how anxiety disorders and conditions such as autism affect human communication.

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