Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 199, Issue 3, pp 169–182 | Cite as

“To Ear is Human, to Frogive is Divine”: Bob Capranica’s legacy to auditory neuroethology

Review

Abstract

Bob Capranica was a towering figure in the field of auditory neuroethology. Among his many contributions are the exploitation of the anuran auditory system as a general vertebrate model for studying communication, the introduction of a signal processing approach for quantifying sender–receiver dynamics, and the concept of the matched filter for efficient neural processing of complex vocal signals. In this paper, meant to honor Bob on his election to Fellow of the International Society for Neuroethology, I provide a description and analysis of some of his most important research, and I highlight how the concepts and data he contributed still inspire neuroethology today.

Keywords

Anuran Auditory nerve Autocorrelation Combination sensitivity Matched filter 

Abbreviations

AP

Amphibian papilla

AM

Amplitude modulation

ACF

Autocorrelation function

BP

Basilar papilla

CF

Characteristic frequency

IC

Inferior colliculus

ICN

International Congress of Neuroethology

PRR

Pulse repetition rate

TS

Torus semicircularis

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological SciencesBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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