Event Title

A Comparative Study Of Echolocation Across Species

Presenter Information

Samuel Belk, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 122

Start Date

30-4-2015 2:05 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 2:25 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Echolocation is a method of sensory perception utilized across several species most notably in Bats. However, other animals species including cetaceans and humans use echolocation as well as method to locate prey and orient themselves in space. There have been a number of human cases exhibiting echolocation as a means of navigating new environments. Echolocation in humans is developed before adolescence and takes a number of years to develop. Human echolocators produce a number of vocal clicks like dolphins (in the nasal cavity in their specific case) to build a mental spatial map of the surrounding area. Few past studies have analyzed the areas of the brain associated with human echolocation. For my study I will use known animal echolocators like dolphins and bats to further determine which parts of the human brain are associated with human echolcoation.

Faculty Sponsor

Melissa Glenn

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Psychology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1747

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Apr 30th, 2:05 PM Apr 30th, 2:25 PM

A Comparative Study Of Echolocation Across Species

Diamond 122

Echolocation is a method of sensory perception utilized across several species most notably in Bats. However, other animals species including cetaceans and humans use echolocation as well as method to locate prey and orient themselves in space. There have been a number of human cases exhibiting echolocation as a means of navigating new environments. Echolocation in humans is developed before adolescence and takes a number of years to develop. Human echolocators produce a number of vocal clicks like dolphins (in the nasal cavity in their specific case) to build a mental spatial map of the surrounding area. Few past studies have analyzed the areas of the brain associated with human echolocation. For my study I will use known animal echolocators like dolphins and bats to further determine which parts of the human brain are associated with human echolcoation.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/363