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Birds and babies learn to ‘talk’ similarly: study

  • PTI, Washington
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  • Updated: Jun 03, 2013 12:15 IST

Scientists have found compelling evidence that birds and human infants learn to string syllables together in roughly the same way: through stepwise improvement.

A team of researchers from Japan, Israel and the US has described how they taught songbirds to sing a new tune and compared an analysis of the results with sounds made by human infants saved in a database.

The process that allows humans to learn to talk as they move through various stages of development has been a research focus.

 

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