Electroreception: Fundamental Insights from Comparative Approaches

  • Bruce A. Carlson
  • Joseph A. Sisneros
  • Arthur N. Popper
  • Richard R. Fay

Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 70)

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About this book


This book provides a comparative perspective on the topic of electroreception and reviews some of the fundamental insights gained from studies of electrosensory and electromotor systems to understand how the nervous system extracts biologically relevant information from the natural environment   

 A Brief History of Electrogenesis and Electroreception in Fishes

Bruce A. Carlson and Joseph A. Sisneros

 The Development and Evolution of Lateral Line Electroreceptors: Insights from Comparative Molecular Approaches

Clare V. H. Baker

 Electrosensory Transduction: Comparisons Across Structure, Afferent Response Properties, and Cellular Physiology

Duncan B. Leitch and David Julius

 The Evolution and Development of Electric Organs

Jason R. Gallant

 Biophysical Basis of Electric Signal Diversity

Michael R. Markham

 Hormonal Influences on Social Behavior in South American Weakly Electric Fishes

Ana C. Silva

 Evolutionary Drivers of Electric Signal Diversity

Rüdiger Krahe

 Using Control Theory to Characterize Active Sensing in Weakly Electric Fishes

Sarah A. Stamper, Manu S. Madhav, Noah J. Cowan, and Eric S. Fortune

 Envelope Coding and Processing: Implications for Perception and Behavior

Michael G. Metzen and Maurice J. Chacron

 Evolution of Submillisecond Temporal Coding in Vertebrate Electrosensory and Auditory Systems

Bruce A. Carlson

 Influences of Motor Systems on Electrosensory Processing

Krista Perks and Nathaniel B. Sawtell

 Active Electrolocation and Spatial Learning

Sarah Nicola Jung and Jacob Engelmann

 Bruce A. Carlson is Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis

Joseph A. Sisneros is Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, Seattle

Arthur N. Popper is Professor Emeritus and research professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park

Richard R. Fay is Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago, Chicago 




electrosensory electromotor sensory systems teleost fish non-teleost fish nervous system evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Bruce A. Carlson
    • 1
  • Joseph A. Sisneros
    • 2
  • Arthur N. Popper
    • 3
  • Richard R. Fay
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of BiologyWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyLoyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA

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