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