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Handbook of Mammalian Vocalization

An Integrative Neuroscience Approach

The present proposal offers an outline of the planned major Handbook on Mammalian Vocalization, which fills a clear niche existing in the science book literature and on the market. The Handbook is designed as a broad and comprehensive, but well-balanced book, written from the neuroscience point of view in the broad sense of this term. Only a few issues will be reduced, which are extensively covered in other recent book publications. The Handbook is planned in a unique way and will not directly compete with other books on the market. This well-illustrated Handbook will pay a particular attention to systematically organized details but also to the explanatory style of the text and internal cohesiveness of the content, so the successive chapters will gradually develop a consistent story without losing the inherent complexity. Studies from many species will be included, however, rodents will dominate, as most of the brain investigations were done on these species.The leading idea of the Handbook is that vocalizations evolved as highly adaptive specific signals, which are selectively picked up by the brain. The brain serves as a receptor and behavioural amplifier. Brain systems will be described, which allow vocal signals rapidly changing the entire state of the organism and trigger vital biological responses, usually also with accompanying emission of vocalizations. Integrative brain functions leading to vocal outcome will be described, along with the vocalization generators and motor output to larynx and other supportive motor subsystems. The last sections of the Handbook will explain bioacoustic structure of vocalizations, present understanding of information coding, and origins of the complex semiotic/ semantic content of vocalizations in social mammals.The Handbook is thought as a major source of information for professionals from many fields, with neuroscience approach as a common denominator. The handbook is planned to provide consistent and unified understanding of all major aspects of vocalization in a monographic manner, and at the same time, to give an encyclopaedic overview of major topics associated with vocalization from molecular/ cellular level to behavior and cognitive processing. It is planned to be written in a strictly scientific way but clear enough to serve not only for specialized researchers in different fields of neuroscience but also for academic teachers of neuroscience, including behavioural neuroscience, affective neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, neuroethology, biopsychology, neurolingusitics, speech pathology, and other related fields, and also for research fellows, graduate and other advanced students, who widely need such a source publication.

The audience will include neuroscientists, behavioral neuroscienstists, animal behaviorists, anthropologists, psychologists, psychiatrists.Level: Graduate student and up. The handbook might be suited as advanced reading and supportive material in the preparation of courses in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, animal communication.

Hardbound, 546 Pages

Published: October 2009

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-374593-4


  • Section 1. Introduction
    Diverse world of mammalian vocalization. An introduction to the handbook on mammalian vocalization - Stefan M. Brudzynski
    Section 2. Evolution of the vocal system and vocalization
    Evolution of larynx as a specialized sound-producing organ and its structural adaptations - Jeffrey T. Laitman
    Laryngeal muscles as highly specialized organs in airway protection, respiration and phonation - Joseph F.Y. Hoh
    Evolution of the ‘communication brain’ in control of mammalian vocalization - John D. Newman
    Evolution of the infant separation call - Myron A. Hofer
    Understanding the evolutionary origin and diversification of bat echolocation calls - Alanna Maltby, Kate E. Jones, Gareth Jones
    Section 3. Diversity of vocalizations
    A frequency scaling rule in mammalian vocalization - Neville H. Fletcher
    Elephants infrasounds: Long-range communication - Michael Garstang
    Rat ultrasonic vocalization: Short-range communication - Stefan M. Brudzynski, Naville Fletcher
    Ultrasonic calls of wild and wild-type rodents - Gillian D. Sales
    Vocal repertoire in mouse pups: strain differences - Maria-Luisa Scattoni, Igor Branchi
    Section 4. Vocal signals as specific stimuli: selective perception of vocalization
    Subcortical responses to species-specific vocalizations - Josef Syka
    Selective perception and recognition of vocal signals - Günter Ehret
    Responses of limbic, midbrain and brainstem structures to electrically-induced vocalizations - Francisco Gonzales-Lima
    Activation of limbic system structures to reply of ultrasonic vocalization in rats - Markus Wöhr, Rainer K.W. Schwarting
    Cortical processing of vocal sounds in primates - Christopher I. Petkov, Christoph Kayser, Nikos K. Logothetis
    Section 5. Brain as an amplifier of vocal signals: effects of vocalization on the organism’s state and behavior Vocalization as a specific intra- and interspecific signal in defence and agonistic behavior - Litvin & Robert J. Blanchard
    Effects of altricial pup ultrasonic vocalizations on maternal behavior - Markus Wöhr, Diego Oddi, Francesca R. D’Amato
    Vocalization as a specific trigger of emotional responses - Koji Kuraoka, Katsuki Nakamura
    Vocalizations as tools for influencing the affect and behavior - Drew Rendall, Michael J. Owren
    Brain mechanisms for mirroring emotional vocal responses - Sophie K. Scott
    Section 6. Limbic generation of vocalization: Vocalization as an index of behavioural state
    Emotional causes and consequences of social-affective vocalization - Jaak Panksepp
    Homology of positive emotional expression in animals and humans - Jeffery Burgdorf
    Vocal expression of emotion in a nocturnal prosimian primate group, mouse lemurs - Elke Zimmermann
    Mammalian infant isolation vocalizations and their modulation by social cues - Jeff Muller, Harry Shair and Susan Brunelli
    Section 7. Hypothalamic/limbic integrative function for vocal/behavioural outcome
    Limbic, hypothalamic and periaqueductal gray circuitry and mechanisms controlling rage and vocalization in the cat. - Allan Siegel, Suresh Bhatt, Rekha Bhatt and Steven S. Zalcman
    The polyvagal hypothesis: Common mechanisms mediating autonomic regulation, vocalizations, and listening - Steven W. Porges, Gregory F. Lewis
    The medial cholinoceptive vocalization strip in the cat and rat brains - Stefan M. Brudzynski
    Hypothalamic control of pain vocalization and affective dimension of pain signalling - George S. Borszcz, Catherine A. Spuz
    Adult house mouse (Mus musculus) ultrasonic calls: Hormonal and pheromonal regulation - John G. Nyby
    Section 8. Midbrain and central pattern generators for vocalization
    Role of the periaqueductal gray in expressing of vocalization - Eva Gruber-Dujardin
    Localization of the central pattern generator for vocalization - Steffen R. Hage
    Neural networks involved in the generation of vocalization - Steffen R. Hage
    Central pattern generators for orofacial movements and speech - Steven M. Barlow, James P. Lund, Meredith Estep, Arlette Kolta
    Section 9. Integrative motor functions of the ambiguous, retroambiguus, and parabrachial nuclei
    Functions of larynx in breathing, vocalization, and airway protective reflexes - Keisuke Shiba
    Vocal-respiratory interactions in the parabrachial nucleus - Michael Smotherman, Christine Schwartz, Walter Metzner
    Audio-vocal interactions in the mammalian brain - Hanjun Liu, Roozbeh Behroozmand, Charles R. Larson
    Vocal control in echolocating bats - Walter Metzner, Gerd Schuller
    Section 10. Sound production by larynx
    Functions of larynx and production of sound - Gerald S. Berke, Jennifer L. Long
    Structure and oscillatory function of the vocal folds - Camille Fink, Lionel Lejeune
    Mechanisms and evolution of roaring-like vocalization in mammals - Roland Frey, Alban Gebler
    Generation of sound in marine mammals - Joy S. Reidenberg
    Section 11. Semiotic codes in vocalization: communication systems in animals
    Control of gestures and vocalizations in primates - Eva Maria Eberl
    Generation of functionally referential and motivational vocal signals in mammals - Marta B. Manser
    Evolution of mammalian vocal signals –development of semiotic content and semantics of human language - Klaus Zuberbühler
    Auditory categories in the non-human primate - Yale E. Cohen, Jung Hoon Lee, Joji Tsunada, Brian E. Russ Recognition of individuals within the social group: signature vocalizations - Ari D. Shapiro


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