How singing mice woo their mates

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Zoologist Dr Joanna Bagniewska, FameLab finalist in 2014, explains how male mice use songs to attract females.

FameLab is an international science communication competition by Cheltenham Science Festivals and the British Council.

Dr Bagniewska is a teaching fellow at the University of Reading and won the International Alumni Award at the FameLab final in 2014.

Read more about how to become a science communicator and take part in FameLab 2017 here: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/public-engagement/famelab/participate-famelab

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Resources:
Chabout, J., Sarkar, A., Dunson, D. B., & Jarvis, E. D. (2015). Male mice song syntax depends on social contexts and influences female preferences.Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 9.
Hoier, S., Pfeifle, C., von Merten, S., & Linnenbrink, M. (2016). Communication at the Garden Fence–Context Dependent Vocalization in Female House Mice. PloS one, 11(3), e0152255.
Neunuebel, J. P., Taylor, A. L., Arthur, B. J., & Egnor, S. R. (2015). Female mice ultrasonically interact with males during courtship displays. Elife, 4, e06203.

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Credits:
Photo of nightingale © Edwyn Anderton, licenced under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, and adapted from the original: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edwynanderton/13928760620
Photo of canary © Warrior Squirrel, licenced under CC BY-NC 2.0, and adapted from the original: https://www.flickr.com/photos/squiddles/5107908215
Photo of mouse (1) © A J Cann, licenced under CC BY-NC 2.0, and adapted from the original: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/2713586769/in/faves-124181925@N07/
Photo of mouse (2) © Mike P, licenced under CC BY-NC 2.0, and adapted from the original: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122658603@N07/14064839394
Photo of mouse (3) © angela c., licenced under CC BY-SA 2.0, and adapted from the original: https://www.flickr.com/photos/_twiggy/697830889/in/faves-124181925@N07/
Photo of Beegees album cover adapted from a photo by badgreeb RECORDS, licenced under CC BY-SA 2.0: https://www.flickr.com/photos/badgreeb_records/6324246858
Images of microphone, disco ball, cartoon dancers, heart: www.pixabay.com
Music: BHloop.wav © galaxykidgamma, licenced under CC BY-NC 3.0 and adapted from the original: http://www.freesound.org/people/galaxykidgamma/sounds/87741/#comments

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