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Workshop on Evo-Devo of Vocal Learning and Plasticity
July 31st (Sun)

Co-sponsored by Okanoya Laboratory (The University of Tokyo), The Science of Metal Time (Mext Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas)

Venue: Komcee-East B1F K011, Komaba, The University of Tokyo
Time: 1:10 - 5:30PM

Human speech depends on our ability for vocal learning. Vocal learning evolved independently in humans, birds, whales, bats, and elephants. How this trait evolved? What is the relationship between vocal development and vocal learning? What are common neural and molecular features? In this symposium, we gather specialists in this field and discuss Evo-Devo of vocal learning and plasticity.

Time Table

13:10 Introduction (Kazuo Okanoya)
13:20 Evolution of vocal learning: a deep homology (Erich Jarvis, Duke University)
14:10 A Monkey Model System for Early Speech Development (Daniel Takahashi, Princeton University)
15:00 Break
15:10 Predisposition of vocal learnability in hybrid songbirds( Kazuhiro Wada & Azusa Sawai, Hokkaido University))
15:30 A review of sound production and developments in cetaceans (Tomonari Akamatsu, National Research Institute of Fisheries Science)
15:50 Vocalization of horseshoe bat: Echolocation or Communication? (Kohta Kobayashi, Doshisha University)
16:10 Possible functions other than vocal behavior of the vocal learning system in birds (Yoshimasa Seki, Aichi University)
16:30 Source of vocal variation in birds and humans (Kazuo Okanoya & Yulri Nonaka, The University of Tokyo)
16:50 Comments (Atsushi Iriki)
17:00 Discussion (Kazuo Okanoya)
17:30 Conclusion