Handbook of Mammalian Vocalization

Handbook of Mammalian Vocalization, 1st Edition

An Integrative Neuroscience Approach

Handbook of Mammalian Vocalization, 1st Edition,Stefan Brudzynski,ISBN9780123745934

S Brudzynski   

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Understanding vocalization and its neural control is an important part of our quest to investigate the origin and neural control of vocal communication, including language in humans. This comprehensive handbook is the first thorough reference of the field from the neural control of the larynx, the perception of vocal signals to the effect of vocal communication on the behavior.

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The first comprehensive handbook on what we know about vocalization in Mammalians
Currently the information on this topic is dispersed over journal articles and book chapters across a number of journals and books with different focus. The handbook will provide the researcher interested in animal and human communication, as well as the researcher interested in the control of motor systems by the brain finally with a comprehensive reference on the topic. The handbook will have great influence in providing for the first time a bridge from information on animal communication and it's nervous system control to the neural control of language and language development in the human.
Carefully edited, the handbook provides an integrated overview of the area
Instructors and students will find this handbook a useful background information in courses of animal and human communication, speech and language, the neuroethology of sound production and sound perception, and similar
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.
Complete overview with contributions from the leading researchers from eleven countries in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia, presented in an integrated, tightly edited book.


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 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.

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

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

Handbook of Mammalian Vocalization, 1st Edition

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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