Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Benjamin Navia


Animals that communicate acoustically serve as models for investigating how organisms respond to sound. For instance, in field crickets, females exhibit phonotaxis (directed movement towards the sound's source) to calls with a specific frequency, intensity, and syllable period (SP) - the time between the beginning of one sound pulse and the beginning of another within the same chirp. Additionally, auditory neurons in females produce action potentials in direct response to the sound pulses of a male 's call. A previous study on the species Gryllus bimaculatus demonstrated a relationship between an individual female's behavioral and neuronal responses; however, no such link between phonotactic and neuronal responsiveness has been documented in Acheta domesticus. The results of this research are consistent with the findings of the previous study; further implications are discussed .

Subject Area

Crickets--Behavior; Crickets--Effect of sound on

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