Insect Hearing

  • Gerald S. Pollack
  • Andrew C. Mason
  • Arthur N Popper
  • Richard R. Fay

Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 55)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Andrew C. Mason, Gerald S. Pollack
    Pages 1-15
  3. Michael D. Greenfield
    Pages 17-47
  4. Rohini Balakrishnan
    Pages 49-80
  5. Gerald S. Pollack
    Pages 81-98
  6. Jayne Yack
    Pages 99-123
  7. James F. C. Windmill, Joseph C. Jackson
    Pages 125-157
  8. Daniel F. Eberl, Azusa Kamikouchi, Joerg T. Albert
    Pages 159-175
  9. Berthold Hedwig, Andreas Stumpner
    Pages 177-214
  10. Azusa Kamikouchi, Yuki Ishikawa
    Pages 239-262

About this book


Insect Hearing provides a broadly based view of the functions, mechanisms, and evolution of hearing in insects. With a single exception, the chapters focus on problems of hearing and their solutions, rather than being focused on particular taxa. The exception, hearing in Drosophila, serves as a case study of one of the most important model systems in neurobiology, including the neurobiology of hearing. Auditory systems, whether insect or vertebrate, must perform a number of basic tasks: capturing mechanical stimuli and transducing these into neural activity, representing the timing and frequency of sound signals, distinguishing between behaviorally relevant signals and other sounds and localizing sound sources. Studying how these are accomplished in insects offers a valuable comparative view that helps to reveal general principles of auditory function.


·         Introduction to Insect Acoustics by Andrew C. Mason and Gerald S. Pollack

·         Evolution of Acoustic Communication in Insects by Michael D. Greenfield

·         Behavioral Ecology of Insect Acoustic Communication by Rohini Balakrishnan

·         Hearing for Defense by Gerald S. Pollack

·         Vibrational Signaling by Jayne Yack

·         Mechanical Specializations of Insect Ears  by James F. C. Windmill and Joseph C. Jackson

·         Auditory Transduction by Daniel F. Eberl, Azusa Kamikouchi, and Joerg T. Albert

·         Central Neural Processing of Sound Signals in Insects by Berthold Hedwig and Andreas Stumpner

·         Information Processing in the Auditory Pathway of Insects by Bernhard Ronacher

·         Hearing in Drosophila by Azusa Kamikouchi and Yuki Ishikawa


About the Editors:

Gerald Pollack is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at McGill University.

Andrew Mason is Associate Professor & Chair in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto, Scarborough.

Richard R. Fay is Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago.

Arthur N. Popper is Professor Emeritus and Research Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

About the Series:

The Springer Handbook of Auditory Research presents a series of synthetic reviews of fundamental topics dealing with auditory systems. Each volume is independent and authoritative; taken as a set, this series is the definitive resource in the field.


Acoustic Signals Insect Ears Intraspecific Communication Mechanical Specializations Substrate Vibrations Temporal Pattern Recognition

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerald S. Pollack
    • 1
  • Andrew C. Mason
    • 2
  • Arthur N Popper
    • 3
  • Richard R. Fay
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Toronto ScarboroughScarboroughCanada
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Toronto ScarboroughScarboroughCanada
  3. 3.Department of BiologyUniversity of MarylandSilver SpringUSA
  4. 4.Marine Biological LaboratoryWoods HoleUSA

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