Measuring vocal communication in rodents

Date: Wednesday 25 May 2016
Time: 10:20 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Swift Suite

Organizer: Katrin Schenk (Randolph College)

Abstract: Many neuropsychiatric diseases are associated with communication and/or social deficits.  Crucial to these research efforts are mouse models of these disorders. The use of mouse ultrasonic and non-ultrasonic vocalizations (all termed USVs) in the assessment of mouse models of disease has risen very sharply in the last 5-7 years and is rapidly becoming a standard behavioral test for communication and social deficits.

Vital to the success of these efforts is a better understanding of how differences found using these assays correlate with the animal’s emotional, cognitive or physical state. These issues have been a topic of a growing body of literature. This symposium will examine these issues from a behavioral and neuroethological standpoint.


10:30 - 10:50 Temporal and Spectrographic complexity and structure in mouse USVs: The Problem of Meaning

Katrin Schenk

Randolph College, United States of America

10:50 - 11:10 Elucidating Complex, Innate Mouse Social Behavior

Joshua Paul Neunuebel

University of Delaware, United States of America

11:10 - 11:30  Elucidating USVs; Vocalizing and Receiving

Hye Young Lee, Shih-Yi Tseng, Kunwoo Lee, Katrin Schenk

The University of Texas, Health Science Center at San Antonio, United States of America; National Taiwan Univeristy, Taiwan; University of California, Berkeley, United States; Randolph college, United States

11:30 - 11:50 Context-related variations in mouse ultrasonic vocalisations

Elodie Ey, Allain-Thibeault Ferhat, Anne-Marie Le Sourd, Fabrice de Chaumont, Jean-Christophe Olivo-Marin, Thomas Bourgeron

1CNRS - Institut Pasteur, France; Institut Pasteur, France; Institut Pasteur, Sorbonne Paris Cité

11:50 - 12:30 Discussion and additional questions