Evidence for an audience effect in mice: male social partners alter the male vocal response to female cues.

@article{Seagraves2016EvidenceFA,
  title={Evidence for an audience effect in mice: male social partners alter the male vocal response to female cues.},
  author={Kelly M Seagraves and Ben J. Arthur and S E Roian Egnor},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2016},
  volume={219 Pt 10},
  pages={1437-48}
}
Mice (Mus musculus) form large and dynamic social groups and emit ultrasonic vocalizations in a variety of social contexts. Surprisingly, these vocalizations have been studied almost exclusively in the context of cues from only one social partner, despite the observation that in many social species the presence of additional listeners changes the structure of communication signals. Here, we show that male vocal behavior elicited by female odor is affected by the presence of a male audience… CONTINUE READING
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