Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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The Evolution of Auditory Perception

  • Michael Khalil
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_982-1

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Definition

The evolution of the mammalian ear and understanding of sound.

Introduction

In order to better comprehend the evolution of ear perception, one must understand how sound is conducted until it reaches the ear. Environmental changes have imposed a need for the mammalian ear to evolve in order to enhance the survival of species. Several researchers have attempted and succeeded to unlock the evolutionary mystery and history of the mammalian auditory system and perception.

Distinguishing the Direction of Sounds

To understand the direction of sounds, we need to understand how sound is conducted. Usually, sound is created when an object is vibrated. The vibration travels through the surrounding medium, which is usually air, as pattern of changes in pressure which eventually is heard as sound (Moore 2001). Sound is called a pressure wave for the reason that when the molecules of the ear come closer, the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Khalil
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus

Section editors and affiliations

  • Menelaos Apostolou
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus