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Abstract #4089

Correlation of striatal remodeling with changes in song performance: a longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging study of adult male zebra finches

Julie Hamaide1, Kristina Lukacova1,2, Lubica Kubikova2, Marleen Verhoye1, and Annemie Van der Van der Linden1

1Department of Biomedical Sciences, Bio-Imaging Lab, University of Antwerp, Wilrijk, Belgium, 2Institute of Animal Biochemistry and Genetics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia

In vivo diffusion tensor neuroimaging of adult male zebra finches was used to longitudinally monitor the effects of bilateral neurotoxic lesioning of a striatal component of the song control network and to explore possible causal relationships between the observed neuroplastic changes and specific alterations in song performance.

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