Comparative Studies of Hearing in Vertebrates

  • Arthur N. Popper
  • Richard R. Fay
Conference proceedings

Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Fishes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard R. Fay, Arthur N. Popper
      Pages 3-42
    3. Arie Schuijf, Robbert J. A. Buwalda
      Pages 43-77
    4. R. Glenn Northcutt
      Pages 79-118
  3. Amphibians

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Robert R. Capranica, Anne J. M. Moffat
      Pages 139-165
  4. Reptiles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Malcolm R. Miller
      Pages 169-204
    3. Robert G. Turner
      Pages 205-237
  5. Birds

  6. Mammals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-355
    2. George Gourevitch
      Pages 357-373
    3. Moïse H. Goldstein Jr., Paul L. Knight
      Pages 375-398
    4. William A. Yost
      Pages 399-420
    5. William C. Stebbins
      Pages 421-436
  7. Future View

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 437-437
    2. Theodore H. Bullock
      Pages 439-452
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 453-457

About these proceedings


The past two decades have seen an extraordinary growth of interest in the auditory mechanisms of a wide range of vertebrates and invertebrates. Investigations have ranged from auditory mechanisms in relatively simple animals where just a few cells are em­ ployed for detection of sound, to the highly complex detection and processing systems of man and the other mammals. Of particular significance to us has been the growing interest in general principles of vertebrate auditory system organization, as opposed to a specific and limited concern for the mammalian or even human systems. Some of the interest in nonmammalian systems has risen from the desire to fmd simpler experi­ mental models for both the essential components (e. g. , the hair cell receptor) and the more complex functions (e. g. , frequency analysis) of all vertebrate auditory systems. Interest has also risen from questions about the evolution of hearing and the covariation (or lack of it) in structure and function in a wide variety of biological solutions to the problems of acoustic mechanoreception. Of course, the desire to fmd simpler experi­ mental models and the need to answer questions about the evolution of hearing are not unrelated. In fact, detailed analyses of a variety of systems have led several times to the realization that some of the "simple systems" are more complex than initially thought.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Arthur N. Popper
    • 1
  • Richard R. Fay
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, Schools of Medicine and DentistryGeorgetown UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and Parmly Hearing InstituteLoyola University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-8076-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-8074-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6625
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