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Psychological Mechanisms in Animal Communication

  • Mark A. Bee
  • Cory T. Miller

Part of the Animal Signals and Communication book series (ANISIGCOM, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Mark A. Bee, Cory T. Miller
    Pages 1-16
  3. Kenneth S. Henry, Megan D. Gall, Alejandro Vélez, Jeffrey R. Lucas
    Pages 17-55
  4. Tricia L. Rubi, David W. Stephens
    Pages 119-135
  5. Mark A. Bee
    Pages 169-221
  6. Marta B. Manser
    Pages 223-249
  7. Camille R. Toarmino, Vladimir Jovanovic, Cory T. Miller
    Pages 271-284
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 313-320

About this book


This book analyzes the psychological mechanisms critical to animal communication. The topics covered range from single neurons to broad-scale phylogenetic patterns, shedding new light on the sensory, perceptual, and cognitive processes that underlie the communicative behaviors of signalers and receivers alike. In so doing, the contributing authors collectively integrate research questions and methods from behavioral ecology, cognitive ethology, comparative psychology, evolutionary biology, sensory ecology, and neuroscience. No less broad is the volume’s taxonomic coverage, which spans bees to blackbirds to baboons. The ultimate goal of the book is to stimulate additional research into the diversity and evolution of the psychological mechanisms that make animal communication possible. 


Animal cognition Behavioral ecology Cognitive ethology Comparative psychology Sensory ecology Neuroscience Signaler psychology Receiver psychology Avian auditory processing Auditory scene analysis Perceptual grouping Social recognition

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark A. Bee
    • 1
  • Cory T. Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Ecology, Evolution, and BehaviorUniversity of Minnesota - Twin CitiesSaint PaulUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, Neurosciences Graduate ProgramUniversity of CaliforniaLa JollaUSA

About the editors

Mark A. Bee

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA

email:, phone: ++1-612-624-6749


Cory T. Miller

Department of Psychology, Neurosciences Graduate Program, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

email:, phone: ++1-858-361-9191


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