Special Issue "Animal Communication"
A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 July 2018)
Emeritus Prof. Lesley J. Rogers, B.Sc.(Hons), D.Phil., D.Sc., FAA
School of Science and Technology, University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia
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Interests: lateralization of brain and behaviour in vertebrates and invertebrates; development of lateralization; evolution of lateralization; function of brain asymmetry; communication in birds and primates
For decades researchers have studied the ways in which animals communicate by sending and receiving signals in the visual, auditory, tactile and chemical modalities. More recently, communication via electric signals has been studied in electric fish and communication using seismic signals has been recognised although far less studied.
Communication is essential to the development and maintenance of social systems in vertebrates and invertebrates. It is used in a variety of situations, including courtship, advertising the presence of food or territory, conveying anger and aggression, and in parent-offspring interaction. In some species, vocal communication is used to alert conspecifics to the presence of a predator, often as referential signals sent intentionally and conveying information about the type of predator. Vocal turn-taking is of recent research interest, as it either mimics, or is the precursor to, human language. Indeed, mimicry in its own right is relevant to this special issue.
Communication can be either honest or deceptive depending on context. Communication within and between species is shaped by both the social and physical environment; a recently studied example of the latter is the potential influence of background noise (e.g., that produced by wind or waves, and anthropocentric noise) on the vocalisations of birds, insects and other animals.
This special issue is interested in both reviews and research papers on all aspects of communication, signal production and processing, in vertebrate and invertebrate species, including non-verbal communication in humans. It is also interested in the neural processes involved in both producing and processing signals and in learning the meaning of signals. This includes papers on specialisations of both the central nervous system and the peripheral organs that channel the perception of, and response to, signals.
Prof. Lesley J. Rogers
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- perception of signals
- receptor filtering
- processing of signals
- response to signals
- social systems
- communication networks
- evolution of communication
- meaning of signals
- referential signals
- modality specificity
- multimodal communication
- context dependence
- neural processes involved