Studies of Hearing and Hearing Loss in the Monkey
Detailed information about the sensory function of animals is of concern to sensory physiologist, evolutionary biologist, and comparative psychologist. A basic issue is the procedural one of how information about sensory function in animals can be obtained. Until recently the behavioral evidence has been lacking, probably because reliable experimental techniques have not been available. In keeping with the intent of the book, this chapter will describe in detail a behavioral conditioning procedure and several psychophysical testing procedures which together have enabled us to characterize several aspects of the monkey’s auditory acuity. It is worth noting that the methodology for the study of sensory function in animals is based on discriminative behavioral training procedures developed with lower animals (Terrace, 1966; Blough, 1966) and on the psychophysical testing methods which have been so successful in the study of man’s sensory acuity (Stevens, 1951).
KeywordsHearing Loss Sound Pressure Level Pure Tone Basilar Membrane Catch Trial
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