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Behaviour and Neurodynamics for Auditory Communication

Leading researchers discuss recent advances in the neurobiology of auditory communication across taxonomic groups
Provides a comparative overview of the rapidly advancing field of audiovocal communication

By: Jagmeet S Kanwal (Editor), Günter Ehret (Editor)

379 pages, 28 b/w photos, 54 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Apr 2006 | #156829 | ISBN: 0521829186
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How do their brains encode the large amounts of sensory information so rapidly and how do they use this to cope with their environment? These questions not only concern the evolution of sound communication systems but also aim to understand how arousal, motivation, emotion and behavioral contexts are vocally expressed and how important sound attributes are recognized and perceived. Behaviour and Neurodynamics for Auditory Communication highlights auditory communication in several species from four perspectives: actual sound communication, audio-vocal adaptations, adaptations of sound processing and representation in higher auditory brain centers, and emotional and cognitive adaptations in signaling and processing. Broad in scope and geared towards graduate students and researchers within the fields of auditory communication and cognition, Behaviour and Neurodynamics for Auditory Communication will appeal to auditory neurobiologists, speech, hearing and communication scientists and engineers, students of animal behavior and neuroethologists.



Part I. Behavioral and Anatomical/Physiological Adaptations:
1. Vocal mechanisms for avian communication Roderick A. Suthers, Gabriël J. L. Beckers and Brian S. Nelson
2. The blind mole rat: an example of seismic communication via acoustic channels Zvi Wollberg, Rony Rado and Ronen S. Sadka
3. Audiovocal communication and social behavior in mustached bats Matthew J. Clement, Punita Gupta, Nicole Dietz and Jagmeet S. Kanwal
4. Common rules of communication sound perception Günter Ehret
Behavioral and physiological adaptations: summary and discussion Günter Ehret and Jagmeet S. Kanwal

Part II. Neural Adaptations and Plasticity:
5. Neural mechanisms of vocal communication: interfacing with neuroendocrine mechanisms Andrew Bass
6. Processing of species specific vocalizations in the auditory brainstem and midbrain of Mexican free tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) Achim Klug, Eric E. Bauer, Joshua T. Hanson and George D. Pollak
7. A distributed cortical representation of social communication calls Jagmeet S. Kanwal
8. Spatiotemporal processing in the guinea pig auditory cortex Junsei Horikawa, Andreas Hess, Yutaka Hosokawa and Ikuo Taniguchi
9. Hierarchical processing of communication sounds in primates Josef Rauschecker and Biao Tian
10. Synaptic mechanisms and sensitive periods for song learning J. Matthew Kittelberger and Richard Mooney
11. Neuronal substrates of sensory processing for song perception and learning in songbirds: lessons from the mormyrid electric fish Claudio V. Mello and Patrick D. Roberts
12. Cortical plasticity and auditory communication Jun Yan and Jos Eggermont
13. Mesoscopic neurodynamics in cortex during auditory concept learning Frank W. Ohl, Henning Scheich and Walter J. Freeman
Neural adaptations and plasticity: summary and discussion Jagmeet S. Kanwal and Günter Ehret

Appendix: Basics of acoustic signal processing.

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Jagmeet S. Kanwal is Associate Professor at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington. Günter Ehret is Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Ulm in Germany.

- Roderick A. Suthers
- Gabriël J. L. Beckers
- Brian S. Nelson
- Zvi Wollberg
- Rony Rado
- Ronen S. Sadka
- Matthew J. Clement
- Punita Gupta
- Nicole Dietz
- Jagmeet S. Kanwal
- Günter Ehret
- Andrew Bass
- Achim Klug
- Eric E. Bauer
- Joshua T. Hanson
- George D. Pollak
- Junsei Horikawa
- Andreas Hess
- Yutaka Hosokawa
- Ikuo Taniguchi
- Josef Rauschecker
- Biao Tian
- J. Matthew Kittelberger
- Richard Mooney
- Claudio V. Mello
- Patrick D. Roberts
- Jun Yan
- Jos Eggermont
- Frank W. Ohl
- Henning Scheich
- Walter J. Freeman


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