The Design of Animal Communication

The Design of Animal Communication

by Marc D. Hauser
     
 

When animals, including humans, communicate, they convey information and express their perceptions of the world. Because different organisms are able to produce and perceive different signals, the animal world contains a diversity of communication systems. Based on the approach laid out in the 1950s by Nobel laureate Nikolaas Tinbergen, this book looks at animal

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Overview

When animals, including humans, communicate, they convey information and express their perceptions of the world. Because different organisms are able to produce and perceive different signals, the animal world contains a diversity of communication systems. Based on the approach laid out in the 1950s by Nobel laureate Nikolaas Tinbergen, this book looks at animal communication from the four perspectives of mechanisms, ontogeny, function, and phylogeny.

The book's great strength is its broad comparative perspective, which enables the reader to appreciate the diversity of solutions to particular problems of signal design and perception. For example, although the neural circuitry underlying the production of acoustic signals is different in frogs, songbirds, bats, and humans, each involves a set of dedicated pathways designed to solve particular problems of communicative efficiency. Such comparative findings form the basis of a conceptual framework for understanding the mechanisms underlying communication systems and their evolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262582230
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
713
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Marc D. Hauser is Professor of Psychology and Codirector of the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Program at Harvard University.

Mark Konishi is Bing Professor of Behavioral Biology at the California Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
IMechanisms of Communication1
1Vocal Communication in Xenopus laevis9
2The Motor Basis of Vocal Performance in Songbirds37
3The Anatomy and Timing of Vocal Learning in Birds63
4The Dance Language of Honeybees: Recent Findings and Problems111
5Processing Species-specific Calls by Combination-sensitive Neurons in an Echolocating Bat133
6A Cellular Basis for Reading Minds from Faces and Actions159
7Neural Systems for Recognizing Emotions in Humans187
8The Neuroendocrine Basis of Seasonal Changes in Vocal Behavior among Songbirds213
9Testosterone, Aggression, and Communication: Ecological Bases of Endocrine Phenomena255
IIOntogeny of Communication285
10On Innateness: Are Sparrow Songs "Learned" or "Innate"?293
11Making Ecological Sense of Song Development by Songbirds319
12Song- and Order-seective Auditory Responses Emerge in Neurons of the Songbird Anterior Forebrain during Vocal Learning343
13Genetics of Canary Song Learning: Innate Mechanisms and Other Neurobiological Considerations369
14Production, Usage, and Response in Nonhuman Primate Vocal Development391
15Speech, Language, and the Brain: Innate Preparation for Learning419
IIIEvolution of Communication451
16Signal Evolution in Electric Communication461
17Complementary Explanations for Existing Phenotypes in an Acoustic Communication System493
18Reproductive Character Displacement and Other Sources of Selection on Acoustic Communication Systems515
19Phylogenetic Inference and the Evolution of Communication in Tungara Frogs535
20Categorical Perception of Behaviorally Relevant Stimuli by Crickets559
21Functions of Song Variation in Song Sparrows577
22The Evolution of a Lopsided Brain: Asymmetries Underlying Facial and Vocal Expressions in Primates597
23Mechanisms Underlying the Vocalizations of Nonhuman Primates629
24Communication and Tool Use in Chimpanzees: Cultural and Social Contexts645
List of Contributors673
Name Index675
Subject Index689

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