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Animal Models of Speech and Language Disorders

Editors: Helekar, Santosh A. (Ed.)

  • Details the overall investigative approach of neurobehavioral studies in animals capable of vocal communication and learned vocalizations
  • A unifying review of research in this new multidisciplinary frontier
  • Spans the molecular to the behavioral, for clinicians and researchers
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Basic research over the last decade or two has uncovered similarities between speech, especially its sensori-motor aspects, and vocal communication in several non-human species. The most comprehensive studies so far have been conducted in songbirds. Songbirds offer us a model system to study the interactions between developmental or genetic predispositions and tutor-dependent influences, on the learning of vocal communication. Songbird research has elucidated cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying learning and production of vocal patterns, perception of vocal sounds, vocal motor control and vocal neuromotor plasticity. More recently, the entire genome of the songbird zebra finch has been sequenced. These discoveries, along with the identification of several genes implicated in familial human speech and language disorders, have made it possible to look for analogues of speech and language dysfunction in zebra finches, at least at the perceptual and sensori-motor levels. Two approaches in particular have led us closer to the development of animal models of human speech conditions, namely developmental stuttering and a familial verbal dyspraxia associated with a mutation in the gene for the transcription factor FoxP2. Work on other animals that show developmental sensori-motor learning of vocal sounds used for communication have also shown significant progress, leading to the possibility of development of models of speech and language dysfunction in them. Among mammals, the principal ones include dolphins and whales. In non-human primates, while vocal learning per se is not very prominent, investigations on their communicative abilities have thrown some light on the rudiments of language. These considerations make the publication of a book focused on animal models of speech and language disorders, detailing the overall investigative approach of neurobehavioral studies in animals capable of vocal communication and learned vocalizations, a much-needed and worthwhile project. It would serve as a unifying review of research in this new multidisciplinary frontier, spanning the molecular to the behavioral, for clinicians and researchers, as well as a teaching resource for advanced speech pathology and neuroscience students. This book will also be the first of its kind.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Neurology of Speech and Language

    Rosenfield, David B.

    Pages 3-12

  • Genetic Pathways Implicated in Speech and Language

    Vernes, Sonja C. (et al.)

    Pages 13-40

  • Time Scales of Vocal Learning in Songbirds

    Tchernichovski, Ofer (et al.)

    Pages 43-60

  • The Songbird Auditory System

    Woolley, Sarah M. N.

    Pages 61-88

  • Prospective: How the Zebra Finch Genome Strengthens Brain-Behavior Connections in Songbird Models of Learned Vocalization

    London, Sarah E.

    Pages 89-108

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eBook $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-8400-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover $219.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-8399-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $169.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-4273-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Animal Models of Speech and Language Disorders
Editors
  • Santosh A. Helekar
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-8400-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-8400-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-8399-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-4273-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 295
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 b/w illustrations, 43 illustrations in colour
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