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 Mark F. Hamilton
Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas 78712-1063, USA
 Book Announcements | ASA Press
ASA Press is a meritorious imprint of the Acousti- cal Society of America in collaboration with Springer International Publishing. All new books that are pub- lished with the ASA Press imprint will be announced in Acoustics Today. Individuals who have ideas for books should feel free to contact the ASA Publica- tions Office,, to discuss their ideas.
The Neuroethology of Birdsong
Editors: Jon T. Sakata, Sarah C. Woolley, Richard R. Fay, Arthur N. Popper
      Scaling the Levels of Birdsong Analysis – Jon T. Sakata, et al.
Neural Circuits Underlying Vocal Learning in Song- birds – Jon T. Sakata, et al.
New Insights into the Avian Song System and Neuronal Control of Learned Vocaliza- tions – Karagh Murphy, et al.
The Song Circuit as a
Model of Basal Ganglia Func- tion – Arthur Leblois, et al.
Integrating Form and Func- tion in the Songbird Auditory Forebrain – Sarah C. Woolley, et al.
Hormonal Regulation of Avian Auditory Processing – Luke Remage-Healey
The Neuroethology of Vocal Communication in Songbirds: Production and Perception
of a Call Repertoire – Julie E. Elie, et al.
Linking Features of Genomic Function to Fundamental Features of Learned Vocal Communication – Sarah E. London
Vocal Performance in Song- birds: From Mechanisms to Evolution – Jeffrey Podos, et al.
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