Dopamine Plays Key Role in Songbird Mating

In humans, the dopamine system has been tied to rewards and pleasurable sensations, as well as to memory and learning. A recent study from McGill University, published in the October 25, 2021 issue of Current Biology, suggests that dopamine may also play a key role in shaping what songs female songbirds enjoy, which may ultimately affect mating as females choose (and then remember) their mates based on the songs they prefer. The article is titled “Dopamine in the Songbird Auditory Cortex Shapes Auditory Preference.”

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