Birds learn to sing while sleeping

Baby birds study the songs they have learned from their father during their sleep. The brains of songbirds are more active at night during this learning process, according to biologists from Utrecht University (UU) published in a study Wednesday.

According to scientists this process also works with young children who are learning to speak.

In 2007 they showed how children and zebra finches learn to sing and speak looks alike. The present study shows that with both, sleep plays an important role. The more the zebra finches learned from their fathers during daytime, the more active the brain was during sleep. The brains of children would be processing language better during a nap.

The scientists believe that the role of sleep in the formation of memory can be better understood through this research.

Zebra finches Photo by NeilsPhotography

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