The Method Section: Vocal Learning and the Brain

00:00 – Introduction

02:43 – Vocal learning

08:32 – Kuypers-Jurgens hypothesis

13:30 – Kuypers research

14:53 – Jurgens research

16:13 – Support for the Kuypers-Jurgens hypothesis

16:31 – Can it be proven?

21:11 – Recent tech

21:50 – Ending and outro

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Episode Description

This week in The Method Section, Tom takes a look at the neurological circuit that is responsible for complex vocal learning. With such a restricted range of animals that show this incredible ability, the Kuypers-Jurgens hypothesis presents a great opportunity to understand how complex vocal learning, and by effect, even human language evolved and why such specific neurological pathways are important.

Music by: Joakim Karud – https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud.

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