Handbook of Mammalian Vocalization: An Integrative Neuroscience Approach

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byStefan M Brudzynski, Stefan M Brudzynski

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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.

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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. ...

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...

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Format:OtherDimensions:546 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:December 8, 2009Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0080923372

ISBN - 13:9780080923376

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Table of Contents

Section 1. Introduction

Section 2. Evolution of the vocal system and vocalization

Section 3. Diversity of vocalizations

Section 4. Vocal signals as specific stimuli: selective perception of vocalization

Section 5. Brain as an amplifier of vocal signals: effects of vocalization on the organism's state and behavior

Section 6. Limbic generation of vocalization: Vocalization as an index of behavioural state

Section 7. Hypothalamic/limbic integrative function for vocal/behavioural outcome

Section 8. Midbrain and central pattern generators for vocalization

Section 9. Integrative motor functions of the ambiguous, retroambiguus, and parabrachial nuclei

Section 10. Sound production by larynx

Section 11. Semiotic codes in vocalization: communication systems in animals