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ASA 2011:
Comparative Approaches to Peripheral Auditory Function

  Special Session at the:
  Acoustical Society of America, 161st Meeting
  Seattle, WA USA              May 23-27, 2011

  Date: Tuesday, May 24
  Time: 8 AM - 12 PM
  Location: Grand Ballroom C, Sheraton Seattle Hotel


Christopher Bergevin
Dept. of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, Columbia University

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   &rArr Galley proof of session abstracts can be downloaded here (and are listed below on this page)
   &rArr Flyer for the session can be downloaded upon the jump to here


This session will focus around the core idea of what comparative approaches have taught us about auditory function. Not simply that we use various animal models within the context of a particular scientific question, but what specifically we have learned about the process of auditory transduction (i.e., converting acoustic signals into neural representations) by directly comparing function (e.g., physiology, morphology, performance) across different types of ears. The comparative approach has been a big force in auditory science for many years (e.g., look at the variety of species Bekesy studied in Experiments in Hearing). However, given new measurement technologies (e.g., new methods for intra-cochlear measurements) and techniques (such as knockouts animal models via molecular biological techniques), many new insights have been gained in the last few years alone. Thus, the goal of this session will be to pool together recent highlights from a comparative point of view. The invited talks will be designed to be somewhat plenary in nature, hopefully inspiring younger investigators towards fruitful research directions/questions. The likely groups covered across the session ideally will encompass: mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, non-vertebrates (e.g., insects), and underwater species (e.g., fish, dolphins/ whales). A panel discussion will take place at the end that will aim to tie together the talks into a comprehensive point of view and synthesize new ideas (i.e., hopefully the whole is more than the sum of the parts!). Furthermore, the session should be of interest to those focused on bioacoustics, given the diverse range of different types of hearing explored.


(abstracts are provided further below)
Panel Discussion (in addition to the speakers indicated above)


(abstracts are provided further below)


(extended versions; a pdf containing all the abstracts can be downloaded here)