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- DescriptionWhen animals, including humans, communicate, they convey information and express their perceptions of the world. Because different organisms are able to produce and perceive different signals, the animal world contains a diversity of communication systems. Based on the approach laid out in the 1950s by Nobel laureate Nikolaas Tinbergen, this book looks at animal communication from the four perspectives of mechanisms, ontogeny, function, and phylogeny. The book's great strength is its broad comparative perspective, which enables the reader to appreciate the diversity of solutions to particular problems of signal design and perception. For example, although the neural circuitry underlying the production of acoustic signals is different in frogs, songbirds, bats, and humans, each involves a set of dedicated pathways designed to solve particular problems of communicative efficiency. Such comparative findings form the basis of a conceptual framework for understanding the mechanisms underlying communication systems and their evolution.
- Author BiographyMark Konishi is Bing Professor of Behavioral Biology at the California Institute of Technology.
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication04/02/2000
- SubjectPsychology: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleBradford Books
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note149
- Weight1293 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine31 mm
- Edited byMarc D. Hauser,Mark Konishi
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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