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Jon Sakata: Audience effects on communication signals

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2:00 PM, Tuesday 26 Jun 2018 (1 hour 30 minutes)


The structure of communication signals can change depending on the social and physical environment. Social influences on signaling and signal structure have been proposed to reflect cognitive processes underlying communicative behaviors. I will review studies from my lab, describing how social audiences affect the performance of song in songbirds and discussing the extent to which these studies provide insight into the social brain.  

James, L. S., Dai, J. B., & Sakata, J. T. (2018). Ability to modulate birdsong across social contexts develops without imitative social learningBiology Letters14(3), 20170777.

Chen, Y., Matheson, L. E., & Sakata, J. T. (2016). Mechanisms underlying the social enhancement of vocal learning in songbirdsProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences113(24), 6641-6646.

James, L. S., & Sakata, J. T. (2017). Learning Biases Underlie “Universals” in Avian Vocal SequencingCurrent Biology27(23), 3676-3682.

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