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Primate Neuroethology$
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Michael Platt and Asif Ghazanfar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.001.0001

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Vocalizations as Auditory Objects: Behavior and Neurophysiology

Vocalizations as Auditory Objects: Behavior and Neurophysiology

(p.237) Chapter 13 Vocalizations as Auditory Objects: Behavior and Neurophysiology
Primate Neuroethology

Cory T. Miller

Yale E. Cohen

Oxford University Press

Vocal communication is a fundamental component of both human and nonhuman animal behavior. Because of the behavioral significance of vocalizations, it is likely that these acoustic signals have had a significant influence on the evolution of the primate auditory system. An object-centered view of vocalization processing may yield new insights into the nature of the auditory system as well as reveal potential parallels with object processing in the visual system. This chapter (1) provides some background on objects and their categorical organization; (2) reviews the behavioral significance of nonhuman primate vocalizations; (3) discusses a general framework for auditory-object analysis in the context of vocalizations; and (4) overviews neurophysiological studies that examine vocalization processing within this framework with an emphasis on object and categorical processing.

Keywords:   vocal communication, primate auditory system, vocalizations, auditory-object analysis, vocalization processing, object processing, categorical processing

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