On The Sensations Of Tone-Helmholtz

“In 1863 Helmholtz published Die Lehre von den Tonempfindungen als physiologische Grundlage für die Theorie der Musik (On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music), once again demonstrating his interest in the physics of perception. This book influenced musicologists into the twentieth century.”

Bug Bytes-Insect Sound Library & Database

Need a recording of a Reticulitermes flavipes (Eastern subterranean termite) and can’t find it?  Notice item D. “Termite head-banging” Maybe they hit heavy metal.

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A. Stored product insect movement and feeding sounds
B. Movement and feeding sounds of soil invertebrates
C. Defensive stridulation by soil insects (dung beetles)
D. Movement and feeding sounds of insects in wood.  Termite head-banging
E. Movement and feeding sounds of insects in plants
F. Buzzing of fruit flies, butterflies, moths, and mosquitoes
G. Fire ants, phorid flies, and their interactions
H. Cricket, katydid, and cicada sounds
I. Examples to distinguish insect sounds from background noise
More sounds: Iowa State Entomology Index, FindSounds.com



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We are working on several aspects of visual perception and cognition. Our major interest is focussed on questions concerning the biology and psychology of social recognition. That is:

  • . detection of animate agents
  • . conspecific recognition
  • . gender recognition
  • . individual recognition
  • . recognition of an agent’s actions
  • . recognition of emotions, personality traits and intentionality
  • . face recognition