|Title:||Distinguished University Research Professor; Professor of Psychology; Director of the Parmly Hearing Institute; Ph.D.|
|Office:||Coffey Hall 113|
Ph.D. Princeton University, 1970
Research in my lab focuses on the mechanisms of the nervous system that synthesize perceptions of sound sources. We study fish to investigate these questions because they have simple and primitive vertebrate auditory systems, and because we are able to carry out both behavioral (psychophysical) and single-cell neurophysiological experiments under comparable acoustic conditions in the laboratory. Our present experiments investigate the perceptions and neural representations of pitch, timbre, temporal pattern, and sound source location in goldfish and toadfish.
I am also a series editor for the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, published by Springer-Verlag, New York.
There is more information on my research in the Web page maintained by the Parmly Hearing Institute.
Fay, R. R. (2000). Frequency contrasts underlying auditory stream segregation in goldfish. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 1,120-128.
Fay, R. R., & Edds-Walton, P. L. (2000). Directional encoding by fish auditory systems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society London, B, 355, 1281-1284.
Fay, R. R., & Popper, A. N. (2000). Evolution of hearing in vertebrates: The inner ears and processing. Hearing Research, 149, 1-10.
Edds-Walton, P. L., Fay, R. R., & Highstein, S. M. (1999). Dendritic arbors and central projections of auditory fibers from the saccule of the toadfish (Opsamus tau). Journal of Comparative Neurology, 411, 212-238.