How "words" are represented in the brain of the naked mole-rat

 Naked mole-rats are a small rodent living in east Africa. In an underground burrows system, they form a colony of 80 animals in average. Like bees and ants, they have a division of labor in the colony: the queen, workers, and soldiers.

 This species possesses at least 18 types of vocalizations and may use them differently depending on the roles.
We are studying on the functions and mechanisms of their vocalization by behavioral/physiological techniques. Our goal is to elucidate evolution of acoustic communication in animals with elaborated social organization. We hope that this study will give us a clue to understand how “words” and meanings are represented in the brain.

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