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Scientists have long suspected songbirds might hold the secrets to better understanding how human learn to talk. Now several Florida-based researchers believe understanding how some birds sing could someday lead to answers about some human developmental learning disabilities.

A team of Florida State University scientists — led by psychologist Rick Hyson, statistician Wei Wu, biomathematician Richard Bertram, and neuroanatomist Frank Johnson — have received an $800,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the brains of male zebra finches and how they learn to sing.

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