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Songbirds help cure autism?

world Updated: Apr 02, 2010 12:29 IST
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A new study has concluded that a baby songbird can help cure autism and a range of other disorders.

"Song learning is an excellent paradigm for all types of learning," said Chris Ponting, a professor at University of Oxford that carried out the research, reports

The tiny bird has come out to serve as a valuable model for understanding human learning and memory.

Male baby finches, like human infants, start off by 'babbling' before learning to imitate their father's song. As they learn in such a predictable way, finches could provide a window into the origins of disorders such as autism, strokes, stuttering and Parkinson's.