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Books: Cognitive Science: Hauser, Konishi (eds)

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  1. dgw, The Design of Animal Communication: Hauser, Konishi (eds)

Message 1: The Design of Animal Communication: Hauser, Konishi (eds)

Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 14:12:27 +0000
From: dgw <>
Subject: The Design of Animal Communication: Hauser, Konishi (eds)

Title: The Design of Animal Communication
Series Title: Bradford Books
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: MIT Press		 
Editor: Marc D. Hauser 
Editor: Mark Konishi				

Paperback: ISBN: 0262582236, Pages: 713, Price: $40
Comment: Hardcover published 1999

When 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.

Marc D. Hauser is Professor in the Department of Psychology and
Program in Neuroscience, Harvard University. He is the author of The
Evolution of Communication (MIT Press, 1996). Mark Konishi is Bing
Professor of Behavioral Biology at the California Institute of

Lingfield(s): Cognitive Science
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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