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The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography Volume 6$
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Larry R Squire

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380101.001.0001

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Masakazu Konishi

Masakazu Konishi

(p.227) Masakazu Konishi
The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography Volume 6

Larry R. Squire

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an autobiography of Masakazu Konishi. Konishi has been one of the leaders in avian neuroethology since the early 1960's. He is known for his idea that young birds initially remember a tutor song and use the memory as a template to guide the development of their own song. He was the first to show that estrogen prevents programmed cell death in female zebra finches. He also pioneered work on the brain mechanisms of sound localization by barn owls. His early years, career, and achievements are discussed.

Keywords:   tutor song, cell death, sound localization, avian neuroethology, birds, estrogen, brain

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