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  1. Evolution, Brain, and the Nature of Language.Robert C. Berwick, Angela D. Friederici, Noam Chomsky & Johan J. Bolhuis - 2013 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 17 (2):89-98.
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    Birdsong, Speech, and Language: Exploring the Evolution of Mind and Brain.Johan J. Bolhuis & Martin Everaert (eds.) - 2013 - MIT Press.
    Scholars have long been captivated by the parallels between birdsong and human speech and language. In this book, leading scholars draw on the latest research to explore what birdsong can tell us about the biology of human speech and language and the consequences for evolutionary biology. They examine the cognitive and neural similarities between birdsong learning and speech and language acquisition, considering vocal imitation, auditory learning, an early vocalization phase, the structural properties of birdsong and human language, and the striking (...)
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  3. Positive and Negative Correlates of Feeding Innovations in Birds: Evidence for Limited Modularity.Louis Lefebvre & Johan J. Bolhuis - 2003 - In Simon M. Reader & Kevin N. Laland (eds.), Animal Innovation. Oxford University Press.
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    Making Sense of Language in the Light of Evolution.Johan J. Bolhuis - 2017 - Mind and Language 32 (5):591-596.
    Inquiry into language evolution has been controversial, mainly because there is no consensus as to the nature of both ‘evolution’ and ‘language.’ Berwick and Chomsky make sense of the evolution of language by treating it as a biological phenomenon. In contrast to functional characterizations of language as ‘communication’ or ‘speech,’ the authors define it as, essentially, a mind-internal computational mechanism. Within their minimalist approach, hierarchical syntactic structure is achieved through the recursive application of a basic operation called ‘Merge.’ The simplicity (...)
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  5. Books Etcetera-the Evolution of Consciousness.Johan J. Bolhuis - 1999 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 3 (11):443.
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    Learning, Development, and Synaptic Plasticity: The Avian Connection.Johan J. Bolhuis - 1997 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (4):559-560.
    Quartz & Sejnowski's target article concentrates on the development of a number of neural parameters, especially neuronal processes, in the mammalian brain. Data on learning-related changes in spines and synapses in the developing avian brain are consistent with a constructivist interpretation. The issue of an integration of selectionist and constructivist views is discussed.
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    Minding the Gap: Why There is Still No Theory in Comparative Psychology.Clive D. L. Wynne & Johan J. Bolhuis - 2008 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (2):152-153.
    The prevailing view that there is significant cognitive continuity between humans and other animals is a result of misinterpretations of the role of evolution, combined with anthropomorphism. This combination has often resulted in an over-interpretation of data from animal experiments. Comparative psychology should do what the name indicates: study the cognitive capacities of different species empirically, without naive evolutionary presuppositions.
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    From Songs to Synapses: Molecular Mechanisms of Birdsong Memory.Sanne Moorman, Claudio V. Mello & Johan J. Bolhuis - 2011 - Bioessays 33 (5):377-385.
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    Comparative Analyses of Speech and Language Converge on Birds.Gabriël J. L. Beckers, Robert C. Berwick & Johan J. Bolhuis - 2014 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (6):547-548.
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