Neuroendocrine Regulation of Animal Vocalization

Neuroendocrine Regulation of Animal Vocalization

Mechanisms and Anthropogenic Factors in Animal Communication

1st Edition - December 4, 2020

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  • Editors: Cheryl Rosenfeld, Frauke Hoffmann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128151600
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128151617

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Neuroendocrine Regulation of Animal Vocalization: Mechanisms and Anthropogenic Factors in Animal Communication examines the underpinning neuroendocrine (NE) mechanisms that drive animal communication across taxa. Written by international subject experts, the book focuses on the importance of animal communication in survival and reproduction at an individual and species level, and the impact that increased production and accumulation of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can have on these regulatory processes. This book discusses sound production, perception, processing, and response across a range of animals. This includes insects, fish, bats, birds, nonhuman primates, infant humans, and many others. Some chapters analyze how neuroactive substances, endocrine control, and chemical pollution affect the physiology of the animal’s perceptive and sound-producing organs, as well as their auditory and vocal receptors and pathways. Other chapters address the recent approaches governments have taken to protect against the endocrine disruption of animal (vocal) behaviors. The book is a valuable resource for researchers and advanced students seeking first-rate material on neuroendocrinological effects on animal behavior and communication.

Key Features

  • Serves as the most comprehensive cross-taxa study of its kind, revolutionary in its focus on the impacts of EDCs on the processes guiding animal communication
  • Emphasizes the importance of production, perception and processing of acoustic vocalization for survival
  • Analyzes recent governmental policies and protections against the effects of EDCs on humans and wildlife


Researchers and advanced students in behavioral neuroscience, neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, neuroethology, animal behavior, animal communication, neurolinguistics, and other fields interested in behavioral, cognitive, affective, and social neuroscience

Table of Contents

  • I. Introduction

    1. Neuroendocrine control of sound production and perception

    II. Sound production and perception

    Section A: Invertebrates

    2. Acoustic identification of insects based on cepstral data fusion and hidden Markov models
    3. Sound production and perception in invertebrates: Regulation of acoustic sensory-to-motor processing in insects
    4. Acoustic/vibration behaviors in crustaceans

    Section B: Vertebrates

    5. Vocal production in anurans
    6. Endocrine modulation of acoustic communication: Xenopus laevis as a model system
    7. Reptile sound production and perception

    Section C: Mammals

    8. The role of sex hormones in human language development
    9. From whispers to howling cries: Sound production and perception in nonhuman primates
    10. Canine sound production, perception, and processing
    11. Artiodactyl vocalization
    12. Neuroendocrine controls of vocalizations in rodents
    13. The perception of acoustic signals and the hormonal control over acoustic communication in rodents
    14. Vocalization in subterranean and fossorial rodents
    15. Sonic and ultrasonic communication in bats: Acoustics, perception, and production
    16. Sound production and propagation in cetaceans
    17. Elephant sonic and infrasonic sound production, perception, and processing
    18. Marsupial vocal communication: A review of vocal signal production, form, and function

    Section D: Birds

    19. Neuroendocrine regulation of vocalizations and other sounds in nonsongbirds
    20. Courtship vocalizations in nonsongbirds: Auditory and neuroendocrine mechanisms in intersexual communication

    III. The biology and politics of a silent spring

    21. Endocrine disrupters and potential effects on vocalization: Behaviors in rodents and other species
    22. Measures to curb endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the United States

    Section E: Current steps other countries are taking to minimize exposure of wildlife (and humans) to EDCs

    23. Assessment of endocrine disrupters under European regulations
    24. Assessment strategies of endocrine disrupters under regulations of the ministry of the environment of Japan
    25. Africa
    26. Final thoughts on understanding animal vocalizations in the 21st century

Product details

  • No. of pages: 424
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: December 4, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128151600
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128151617

About the Editors

Cheryl Rosenfeld

Cheryl S. Rosenfeld, DVM, PhD, has published extensively on how maternal diet and developmental exposure to endocrine-disrupting compounds affect offspring outcomes. She has written several review articles and book chapters, including the most recent one on animal models of transgenerational epigenetic effects in Transgenerational Epigenetics: Evidence and Debate, published by Elsevier. She also edited and coauthored the book The Epigenome and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, which won the BMA Medical Award for Basic and Clinical Sciences in 2016.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, United States

Frauke Hoffmann

Frauke Hoffmann received her Dr. rer. nat. in 2012 at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, focusing on animal communication and EDC effects on vocalizations. She is currently a senior scientific officer at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientific Officer, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Berlin, Germany

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