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Predicting acoustic orientation in complex real-world environments

Mhatre, Natasha and Balakrishnan, Rohini (2008) Predicting acoustic orientation in complex real-world environments. In: The Journal of Experimental Biology, 211 (17). pp. 2779-2785.

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Animals have to accomplish several tasks in their lifetime, such as finding food and mates and avoiding predators. Animals that locate these using sound need to detect, recognize and localize appropriate acoustic objects in their environment, typically in noisy, non-ideal conditions. Quantitative models attempting to explain or predict animal behaviour should be able to accurately simulate behaviour in such complex, real-world conditions. Female crickets locate potential mates in choruses of simultaneously calling males. In the present study, we have tested field cricket acoustic orientation behaviour in complex acoustic conditions in the field and also successfully predicted female orientation and paths under these conditions using a simulation model based on auditory physiology. Such simulation models can provide powerful tools to predict and dissect patterns of behaviour in complex, natural environments.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: The Journal of Experimental Biology
Publisher: The Company of Biologists
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to The Company of Biologists.
Keywords: Phonotaxis;acoustic orientation;real-world environments;biomimetic simulation model.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2008 04:40
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:50
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/16050

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