High-fidelity continuum modeling predicts avian voiced sound production. Academic Article uri icon


  • Voiced sound production is the primary form of acoustic communication in terrestrial vertebrates, particularly birds and mammals, including humans. Developing a causal physics-based model that ultimately links descending vocal motor control to tissue vibration and sound requires embodied approaches that include realistic representations of voice physiology. Here, we first implement and then experimentally test a high-fidelity three-dimensional (3D) continuum model for voiced sound production in birds. Driven by individual-based physiologically quantifiable inputs, combined with noninvasive inverse methods for tissue material parameterization, our model accurately predicts observed key vibratory and acoustic performance traits. These results demonstrate that realistic models lead to accurate predictions and support the continuum model approach as a critical tool toward a causal model of voiced sound production.

published proceedings

  • Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Jiang, W., Rasmussen, J. H., Xue, Q., Ding, M., Zheng, X., & Elemans, C.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Jiang, Weili||Rasmussen, Jeppe H||Xue, Qian||Ding, Ming||Zheng, Xudong||Elemans, Coen PH

publication date

  • March 2020