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Revealing the biological bases of speech and language by studying bat vocal learning

Project description

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.

Host institution

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
Net EU contribution
€ 1 935 402,99
Address
North Street 66 College Gate
KY16 9AJ St Andrews
United Kingdom

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Region
Eastern Scotland Clackmannanshire and Fife
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 935 402,99

Beneficiaries (1)

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 1 935 402,99
Address
North Street 66 College Gate
KY16 9AJ St Andrews

See on map

Region
Eastern Scotland Clackmannanshire and Fife
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 935 402,99