Comparative psychoacoustics

William P. Shofner and Andrew J. Niemiec

in Oxford Handbook of Auditory Science: Hearing

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199233557
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Comparative psychoacoustics

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Comparative psychoacoustics is the application of behavioural techniques to the study of auditory processing in animals, and the emphasis of this approach is psychophysical, as in human studies. H. sapiens is not the only species to make use of acoustic information, and many insights have been provided from behavioural measurements on other animals. These advances are described in this article. It provides a conceptual bridge between human psychophysics and animal neurophysiology, and allows the understanding of human hearing in an evolutionary context. It provides a detailed explanation of the animal's perceptual capabilities. It provides an overview of research in animal psychophysical experiments in hearing to describe key findings in many different areas of research. Another aspect is, animal's perceptual proclivities, which is, the perception of animals under natural circumstances. This aspect of animal perception is still a challenge in the research field.

Keywords: comparative psychoacoustics; animals; acoustic information; psychophysics; animal neurophysiology; perceptual capabilities; perceptual proclivities

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Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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