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Auditory Processing in Insects

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7320-6_321-1



Auditory processing in insects serves to extract relevant information from acoustic signals about identity and location of acoustic objects, usually in the context of mate attraction and predator avoidance. For this goal, insects process spectral information from the carrier frequency of a signal and obtain temporal information from the sound’s amplitude modulation pattern (the envelope). Auditory processing in insects is constrained by size in several aspects: first, the signal often contains ultrasonic frequencies due to small sender size; second, for localization, insects have only poor directional cues because of the small distance between their ears; and third, due to their small brains, the auditory processing capacity is limited to a small number of neurons.

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Overview and Background

Large Diversity of Hearing Insects and Their Ears

The sense of hearing has evolved in vertebrates and arthropods, and hearing organs...


Spike Train Modulation Transfer Function Auditory Processing Interaural Time Difference Spike Rate 
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We want to thank the members of our lab who contributed to several of the cited studies. Special thanks are due to Dr. Michael Reichert who gave helpful advice on the English style and substantially improved the manuscript, as well as to an anonymous reviewer whom we owe many helpful suggestions.


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  1. 1.Department of BiologyHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany