Bats have something to say about the biological foundations of language
The biological origins of speech and language are not fully understood. Scientists are intrigued by how the capacity for language evolved in humans. Bats, which have complex vocalisations for navigation, may help shed light on the molecular mechanisms and neural circuitry that support vocal learning. This is the aim of the ERC-funded BATSPEAK project. It will identify the genetic markers of vocal learning to investigate the molecular mechanisms that underlie mammalian vocal learning. BATSPEAK will also characterise neural mechanisms underlying mammalian vocal learning and use the information to uncover the direct, causative contributions of molecular and neural mechanisms. The findings will benefit the diagnosis and treatment of language-related disorders.
Funding SchemeERC-COG - Consolidator Grant
KY16 9AJ St Andrews
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