Auditory Processing and Perception of Ultrasounds in House Mice

  • Günter Ehret
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 56)


Housemice have a vocal repertoire of 8 different call types, at least 4 of these are used in intraspecific communication (Ehret, 1975; Haack et al., 1982; Whitney and Nyby, 1982). There is always interindividual variability among calls of one type; therefore, the receiver of the calls must generalize across this variability in order to identify a call type, and to discriminate a particular call from others and from the acoustic background. The present paper deals with ultrasound perception by house mice. This example of call perception clearly demonstrates the abilities of the animals to generalize, to identify and to discriminate species-specific calls. The key-stimulus configuration in the frequency domain for ultrasound perception is described and then the physiological basis for why and how the mouse is able to perceive the ultrasonic calls is discussed.


Pure Tone Auditory Nerve House Mouse Cochlear Nucleus Call Type 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Günter Ehret
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  1. 1.Fakultät für BiologieUniversität KonstanzKonstanzF. R. of Germany

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