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The Performance of Echolocation: Acoustic Images Perceived by Echolocating Bats

  • James A. Simmons
  • Alan D. Grinnell
Part of the NATO ASI Science book series (NSSA, volume 156)


The performance of echolocation in bats is a measure of the effectiveness of this system of orientation for representing significant features of objects in perceptual images. Performance refers specifically to the quality and content of these images - - to the features of targets which bats can perceive as distinctive and to the acuity of perception of these features under different circumstances. A description of the performance of echolocation is, in effect, a description of what bats can “see” with their sonar.


Sonar Signal Crosscorrelation Function Echolocation Sound Sonar Sound Sonar Emission 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James A. Simmons
    • 1
  • Alan D. Grinnell
    • 2
  1. 1.Section of Neurobiology and Department of PsychologyBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Jerry Lewis CenterUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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