About this Research Topic
Over the past few years, research in all aspects of electroreception (i.e., the ability of certain fish and mammals to sense electric fields) as well as electrogeneration (i.e., the ability to generate electric fields) has flourished, thereby generating major advances on multiple sub-disciplines. These include, but are not limited to: understanding how information is represented by single and neural populations in order to give rise to behavior, understanding the ion basis and hormonal modulation of electrogeneration; comparative studies aimed at understanding how electroreception and electrogeneration have evolved, as well as studying the metabolic costs of electrogeneration.
In this Research Topic, we welcome articles focused on describing recent advances made on the topics of electroreception and electrogeneration. These can be reviews and original research based around sensory processing leading to behavior, electrogeneration, evolution of electroreception, as well as behavioral adaptations in which changes in ion channel properties are linked to electrogenerative properties. We also welcome articles focusing on passive electroreception in both fish and mammals.
We aim to provide a synthesis of current research on all aspects of electroreception and electrogeneration that will help focus future research endeavors. It is also expected that, because of the many similarities between electrosensory systems and others, interest in this Research Topic will not be limited to researchers working on electroreception and electrogeneration, but also to researchers working in other fields.
Keywords: electroreception, electrogeneration, weakly electric fish, comparative studies, sensory processing, neuroethology
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