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Mother Mice More Attuned to Pup Sounds Than Others

June 12, 2007

News thumbnail of a mouse Researchers have shown for the first time that the behavioral context in which communication sounds are heard affects the brain's ability to detect, discriminate, and ultimately respond to them. Specifically, researchers found that the auditory neurons of female mice that had given birth were better at detecting and discriminating vocalizations from mouse pups than the auditory neurons in virgin females. Full Story

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Emory University

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