This chapter reviews some of the major advances that have been made in sensory ecology in recent times, but in particular focuses on important areas for the future. These include the need to consider cognition alongside sensory processing, and a clearer use of the idea of information, as relevant to the receiver’s sensory system. It discusses how ideas such as multimodal communication and sensory drive have much potential as important features of communication and species divergence, but how more work is needed in these and other areas. It emphasizes the value of increased communication between researchers working across different modalities.
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