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 first comprehensive handbook on what we know about vocalization
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
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
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.
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