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Published: June 14th, 2011

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SINGING MICE
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Supers:
Research video
Bret Pasch/UF biology researcher

LEAD:

THERE’S PROOF THAT ROCK STARS REALLY DO GET THE MOST ATTENTION FROM THE LADIES. A NEW UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA STUDY SHOWS IT’S A COMMON PHENOMENON IN A TROPICAL BREED OF SINGING MICE.

VO:

THIS IS RESEARCH VIDEO OF THE HIGH-PITCHED VOCAL TRILL THAT MALES USE TO WOO THEIR MATES. MALES WITH HIGH LEVELS OF MALE HORMONES CAN REPEAT NOTES MORE RAPIDLY WHILE HOLDING TO A LARGE RANGE OF FREQUENCIES.

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Bret Pasch/UF biology researcher: “We found that animals treated with testosterone maintained high performance songs while animals treated with no testosterone performed worse.”

VO:

RESEARCHERS TESTED WHAT TYPES OF SINGING FEMALE MICE PREFERRED BY RECORDING MALE SINGERS AND ELECTRONICALLY MODULATING THEIR SONGS. THE FEMALES LITERALLY MOVED TOWARD THE MUSIC WHEN THEY HEARD A SONG THEY LIKED.

Bret Pasch/UF biology researcher: “In the majority of trials females preferred the manipulated files that were of higher performance.”

PERHAPS PROVING THERE’S NOTHING MORE ROMANTIC THAN A SERENADE.

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