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Events Calendar

First Annual RCN meeting
February 9, 2014
Galveston, TX

XVth European Society for Evolutionary Biology
August 10th-14th 2015
Lausanne, Switzerland
The meeting will include a symposium on "Emerging Models in Evolutionary and Ecological Neurobiology"

Second Annual RCN Meeting
February 6-8, 2015
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Neuroscience
October 16, 2015, Chicago Illinois
Hyatt Regency Chicago (Downtown)

Third Annual RCN Meeting
May 6, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Held in conjunction with the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience Symposium

Songbirds and humans have evolved unique brain pathways for vocal learning that are critical for song and speech. Brain transcriptomes have recently identified convergent gene expression in specific song nuclei of song-learning birds and speech areas of the brain in humans relative to vocal non-learners. A majority of the associated genes function in motor control and brain connectivity. The strongest shared profiles relate bird motor and striatal song-learning nuclei with human laryngeal motor cortex and the striatum that controls speech production and learning. Thus, convergent behavior and neural connectivity for a complex trait are associated with convergent specialized expression of multiple genes.
Andreas R. Pfenning, Erina Hara, Osceola Whitney, Miriam V. Rivas, Rui Wang, Petra L. Roulhac, Jason T. Howard, Morgan Wirthlin, Peter V. Lovell, Ganeshkumar Ganapathy, Jacquelyn Mountcastle, M. Arthur Moseley, J. Will Thompson, Erik J. Soderblom, Atsushi