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Bird Brains, Social Contact, and Song

Jay Schulkin

in Reflections on the Musical Mind: An Evolutionary Perspective

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157443
eISBN:
9781400849031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157443.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

This chapter examines the evolution of bird brain, social contact, and birdsong. Communicative capabilities are widespread, whether in song or through other forms of intimate social contact. One ... More


How postdispersal social environment may influence acoustic variation in birdsong

David E. Gammon

in Ecology and Behavior of Chickadees and Titmice: an integrated approach

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198569992
eISBN:
9780191717802
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569992.003.0014
Subject:
Biology, Ornithology

This chapter assesses the potential for postdispersal environments to influence song structure in the fee-bee of black-capped chickadees. This call is remarkably stereotyped throughout much of the ... More


Status signaling and communication networks in chickadees: Complex communication with a simple song

Daniel J. Mennill and Ken A. Otter

in Ecology and Behavior of Chickadees and Titmice: an integrated approach

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198569992
eISBN:
9780191717802
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569992.003.0016
Subject:
Biology, Ornithology

Black-capped chickadees produce a large variety of calls, including the versatile gargle call and the namesake chick-a-dee call. In contrast to these complex calls, the song of black-capped ... More


Calling Forth a Voice

Julian Johnson

in Mahler's Voices: Expression and Irony in the Songs and Symphonies

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195372397
eISBN:
9780199870844
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372397.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Opera

Many of Mahler's works begin with a process by which a musical voice is summoned out of an essentially distant and mysterious nature. The openings of the First and Third symphonies provide examples. ... More


Creativity in singing: Universality and sensitive developmental periods?

Annabel J. Cohen

in Musical Imaginations: Multidisciplinary perspectives on creativity, performance and perception

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199568086
eISBN:
9780191731044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568086.003.0011
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the definition of creativity in singing. It then highlights the uniqueness of this human ability by contrasting it with the absence of creativity in ... More


Language, Music, and the Brain: A Mysterious Relationship

Michael A. Arbib (ed.)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262018104
eISBN:
9780262314121
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262018104.001.0001
Subject:
Neuroscience, Development

Through four key themes, this book explores the relationships between language, music, and the brain and the crosstalk between them: (a) song and dance as a bridge between music and language; (b) ... More


The Nature of Art

Stephen Davies

in The Artful Species: Aesthetics, Art, and Evolution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199658541
eISBN:
9780191746253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658541.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Science

This chapter proposes that art is pan-cultural and found in every epoch, including prehistory, and rejects the idea that art is confined to recent European culture. “Cluster” accounts, which list ... More


The Secret of the Sertanejo: Listening to Forró, Hearing Drought

Michael B. Silvers

in Voices of Drought: The Politics of Music and Environment in Northeastern Brazil

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042089
eISBN:
9780252050831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042089.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter concerns the process through which Luiz Gonzaga’s voice--recorded, disseminated, and popularized by a national music industry--became a vehicle for the transmission of ecological ... More


Neuroanatomical Distribution of Aromatase in Birds: Cellular and Subcellular Analyses

Colin J. Saldanha, Luke Remage-Healey, and Barney A. Schlinger

in Brain Aromatase, Estrogens, and Behavior

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199841196
eISBN:
9780199979837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841196.003.0006
Subject:
Neuroscience, Neuroendocrine and Autonomic

This chapter reviews the contribution of avian studies towards our understanding of the constitutive provision of estrogens within the brain. The chapter first summarizes numerous studies describing ... More


Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992): Faith in God and Art

Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon

in Four Last Songs: Aging and Creativity in Verdi, Strauss, Messiaen, and Britten

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226255590
eISBN:
9780226255620
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226255620.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

When the 67-year-old composer of organ, piano, voice, and orchestral music, Olivier Messiaen, accepted his first opera commission, he seized the opportunity both to renovate what he saw as a moribund ... More


Triangles in the Brain

Robert C. Berwick and Noam Chomsky

in Why Only Us: Language and Evolution

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780262034241
eISBN:
9780262333351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034241.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter examines the what, who, where, when, how, and why of language and its evolution. It first considers Alfred Russel Wallace's views about natural selection before expounding on the “what” ... More


Evolving the Language-and Music- Ready Brain

Michael A. Arbib and Atsushi Iriki

in Language, Music, and the Brain: A Mysterious Relationship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262018104
eISBN:
9780262314121
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262018104.003.0019
Subject:
Neuroscience, Development

This chapter focuses on the evolution of the language-ready brain, offering triadic niche construction as the framework in which to see the interaction between the environmental niche, the cognitive ... More


Birdsong and Other Animal Models for Human Speech, Song, and Vocal Learning

W. Tecumseh Fitch and Erich D. Jams

in Language, Music, and the Brain: A Mysterious Relationship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262018104
eISBN:
9780262314121
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262018104.003.0020
Subject:
Neuroscience, Development

This chapter highlights the similarities and differences between learned song, in birds and other animal models, and speech and song in humans, by reviewing the comparative biology of birdsong and ... More


Smart’s Professors: Birdsong and Rhetorical Agency in Jubilate Agno

Fraser Easton

in Mocking Bird Technologies: The Poetics of Parroting, Mimicry, and Other Starling Tropes

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780823278480
eISBN:
9780823280520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823278480.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the significance of birds in Christopher Smart’s long religious poem, Jubilate Agno. Situating the many references to birds within the overall plan and layout of the poem’s ... More


Possible Precursors of Syntactic Components in Other Species

Hilliard Austin T. and White Stephanie A.

in Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013567
eISBN:
9780262258586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013567.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

As a uniquely human phenotype, language appears to be a wholesale innovation whose evolutionary and neurobiological basis may be studied only using noninvasive techniques. Alternatively, the ... More


Mirror neurons in the songbird brain: A neural interface for learned vocal communication

Jonathan F. Prather and Richard Mooney

in New Frontiers in Mirror Neurons Research

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780199686155
eISBN:
9780191807589
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686155.003.0010
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Development

This chapter examines the evidence for auditory–vocal mirror neurons in a sensorimotor nucleus important to birdsong, a learned form of vocal communication with numerous parallels to human speech. ... More


The Thrush in the Theater: Keats at the Surrey Institution

Sarah Zimmerman

in The Romantic Literary Lecture in Britain

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198833147
eISBN:
9780191872631
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833147.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Hazlitt’s influence on Keats’s poetic development is well known, but as an auditor in Hazlitt’s lectures Keats learned not only from what was said but also from the experience of hearing it live. In ... More


History and the End of Time: Interpreting Messiaen’s Quatuor

Richard D. E Burton and Roger Nichols

in Olivier Messiaen: Texts, Contexts, and Intertexts (1937–1948)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190277949
eISBN:
9780190277963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277949.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

A link is made here, quite against expectations, between Messiaen the believer and the convinced atheist Jean-Paul Sartre. Burton also provides widely sourced and convincing evidence of the ... More


Animals

Erik Gray

in The Art of Love Poetry

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198752974
eISBN:
9780191815928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198752974.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, World Literature

This chapter focuses on poetry’s frequent use of animals to explore the complexities of love. Animals feature in poems as objects of love, as lovers themselves, or in various other, more figurative, ... More


Hark! Nineteenth-Century Poetry and the Song of Birds

Daniel Karlin

in The Figure of the Singer

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199213986
eISBN:
9780191803314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199213986.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers birdsong as a figure for poetry. It analyses Romantic and Victorian poems about birdsong, including Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘To a Skylark’, John Keats’s ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, ... More


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