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Neural circuits for social communication

Project description

Looking to the naked mole-rat to understand social communication and brain networks

Humans are good at communicating via vocal cues, for example by using variations in the sound of the voice. Yet humans are not alone in using vocalizations to share information. Many types of acoustic communication are found throughout the animal kingdom. The EU-funded SOFTCHIRP project aims to shed light on how social information encoded in acoustic signals is decoded within brain networks. To do this, the project will study vocal communication in the naked mole-rat. This animal is one of the only two eusocial mammals, making it a promising yet unexplored model for investigating the evolution of neural circuits for vocal communication, sociality and language.

Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Net EU contribution
€ 1 500 000,00
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Germany

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00