Call for papers

Call for papers for a Special Column in Current Zoology on ‘Rhythm and Synchrony in Animal Movement and Communication’, published by Oxford University Press.

Guest Editor: 
Andrea Ravignani, PhD
Pegasus Marie-Curie fellow
Veterinary & Research Dpt., Sealcentre Pieterburen
Max Planck Inst. for Psycholinguistics
AI-Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Deadline for title submission: 1 February 2018
Deadline for manuscript submission: 10 April 2018

Overview. All forms of animal communication and behaviour develop over time. Accordingly, the temporal dimension of animal vocal and motoric behaviours often has communicative relevance and shows structural patterning. Several species’ brains are particularly efficient in perceiving, producing, and processing fine rhythmic information in communicative signals, especially in the audition, vision and movement. This perspective is becoming increasingly relevant, as the focus of several research disciplines in zoology and animal behaviour has moved from e.g. spectral analysis of sounds or descriptive analysis of movements to the study of individual rhythms and group synchronised behaviour. Rhythm, intended as temporal structure in the second-millisecond range, and synchrony, defined as precise co-occurrence of behaviours in time, are taking center stage in the study of animal behaviour and communication. A number of critical questions which remain to be answered are, among others and apart from those suggested in the references below: Why and how does each species’ sensitivity for rhythm arise? What are the functions of rhythm and synchrony? How did rhythmic behaviours develop in the evolution of different taxonomic groups? How do environmental rhythms affect the evolution of brain rhythms? Which rhythm-specific neural circuits are shared between domains and modalities? This Special Issue aims at collecting and putting in perspective a large body of research from different species, perceptual modalities, and empirical methods. Crucially, the focus is on timing, rhythmic and synchronous behaviour and perception in the second-millisecond range. Submissions dealing with human behaviour will be considered as long as they show a clear evolutionary or ethological focus.

Logistics. A title should be sent to the guest editor and manuscripts should be submitted before the deadline. Submitted papers should not have been published previously, nor will be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Publication is Open Access and free of page charges. Additional information can be found in the official call for papers on the journal’s webpage.


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