Handbook of Mammalian Vocalization

Handbook of Mammalian Vocalization

An Integrative Neuroscience Approach

1st Edition - October 26, 2009

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  • Editor: Stefan Brudzynski
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123745934
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080923376

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Handbook of Mammalian Vocalization 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. This well-illustrated Handbook pays 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 gradually develop a consistent story without losing the inherent complexity. Studies from many species are included, however rodents 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 explains 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 a major source of information for professionals from many fields, with a neuroscience approach as a common denominator. The handbook provides consistent and unified understanding of all major aspects of vocalization in a monographic manner, and at the same time, gives an encyclopaedic overview of major topics associated with vocalization from molecular/ cellular level to behavior and cognitive processing. It is 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.

Key Features

  • The first comprehensive handbook on what we know about vocalization in Mammalians
  • Carefully edited, the handbook provides an integrated overview of the area
  • International list of highly regarded contributors, including Jaak Pankseep (Washington State University), David McFarland (Oxford), John D. Newman (NIH ? Unit on Developmental Neuroethology), Gerd Poeggel (Leipzig), Shiba Keisuke (Chiba City, Japan), and others, tightly edited by a single, well regarded editor who has edited a special issue in Behavioral Brain Research on the topic before


Neuroscientists, behavioral neuroscientists, 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

Table of Contents

  • 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 546
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: October 26, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123745934
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080923376

About the Editor

Stefan Brudzynski

Dr. Brudzynski is professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University, and is a member and former director of the university’s Centre for Neuroscience. He has published more than 70 journal publications on vocalization and the expression of emotionality and was the first researcher to demonstrate ultrasonic vocalization in rats induced by pharmacological methods. He is the editor of Handbook of Mammalian Vocalization, published by Elsevier in 2009, and recipient of numerous accolades, including the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award bestowed by the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society in 2014.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Psychology, and Member, Centre for Neuroscience, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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