Cynthia Moss PhD

Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Complete publication list and PDF's available here.

Yu, C. and Moss, C.F. Echolocating bats inspect and discriminate landmark features to guide navigation, Journal of Experimental Biology, 2019, 222, doi:10.1242/jeb.191965.

Luo, J., Macias, S., Ness, T.V., Einevoll, G.T., Zhang, K. and Moss, C.F. Neural timing of stimulus events with microsecond precision, PLoS Biology, 2018 

Luo, J., Hage, S. and Moss, C.F. The Lombard effect: from acoustics to neural mechanisms, Trends in Neurosciences, 2018,

Warnecke, M., Macias, S., Falk, B., and Moss, C.F. Echo interval and not echo intensity drives bat flight behavior in structured corridors, Journal of Experimental Biology, 2018, 221, doi: 10.1242/jeb.191155.

Kothari, N., Wohlgemuth, M., and Moss, C.F. Dynamic representation of 3D auditory space in the midbrain of the free-flying echolocating bat, eLife, 2018; 7:e29053. DOI:

Wohlgemuth, M.J., Kothari, N.B. and Moss, C.F. Midbrain functional organization and dynamic coding for natural orientation, Journal of Neuroscience, 2018, 38 (1) 245-256.

Corcoran, A. and Moss, C.F. Sensing in a noisy world: lessons from an auditory specialist, the echolocating bat. Journal of Experimental Biology, 2017, 220: 4554-4566; doi: 10.1242/jeb.163063.

Luo, J. and Moss, C.F. Echolocating bats rely on audiovocal feedback to adapt sonar signal design, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1711892114.

Luo, J., Kothari, N.B. and Moss, C.F. Sensorimotor integration on a rapid time scale. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017, doi:10.1073/pnas.1702671114.

Wohlgemuth, M.J. and Moss, C.F. Midbrain auditory selectivity to natural sounds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 2016, 113(9): 2508-2513. doi:10.1073/pnas.1517451113 PDF

Heys, J.G., Shay, C.F., MacLeod, K.M., Witter, M.P., Moss, C.F. and Hasselmo, M.E.  Physiological Properties of Neurons in Bat Entorhinal Cortex Exhibit an Inverse Gradient along the Dorsal – Ventral Axis Compared to Entorhinal Neurons in Rat. The Journal of Neuroscience, April 20, 2016 36(16):4591 – 4599 4591 PDF

Warnecke, M. ​Lee, W.-J., ​Krishnan, A.​ and  Moss, C.F.​. Dynamic Echo Information Guides Flight in the Big Brown Bat. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 25 April 2016 doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2016.00081 PDF

Lee, W.-J.​ and Moss, C.F​. Can the elongated hindwing tails of fluttering moths serve as false sonar targets to divert bat attacks? J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 139 (5), May 2016 PDF

Wohlemuth, M., Luo, J., and Moss, C.F. 3D auditory localization in bats. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 2016, 10.1016/j.conb.2016.08.002, 78-86. PDF

Wohlgemuth, M., Kothari, N.B., and Moss, C.F. Action enhances acoustic cues for auditory localization in echolocating bats. Public Library of Science Biology, DOI:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002544 September 8, 2016. PDF

Marshall, K. L., Chadha, M., deSouza, L. A., Sterbing-D'Angelo, S. J., Moss, C. F., and Lumpkin, E. A. Somatosensory substrates of flight control in bats. CellReports, May2015. doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2015.04.001. PDF

Falk, B., Kasnadi, J. ​and Moss, C.F. Tight coordination of aerial flight maneuvers and sonar call production in insectivorous bats. Journal of Experimental Biology, 2015, 218: 3678-3688. doi: 10.1242/jeb.122283 PDF

Hulgard, K., Moss, C.F., Jakobsen, L., and Surlykke, A. Big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) emit intense search calls and fly in stereotyped flight paths as they forage in the wild. Journal of Experimental Biology, 2015. doi: 10.1242/jeb.128983.

Danilovich, S, Krishnan, A. Lee, W-J, Borrisov, I, Eitan, O., Kosa, G. Moss, C.F., and Yovel, Y. Bats regulate biosonar based on the availability of visual information. Current Biology, 2015, 25(23), pR1124-R1125.PDF

Warnecke M.,Chiu C, Engelberg J.​, & Moss C.​F. Active Listening in a Bat Cocktail Party: Adaptive Echolocation and Flight Behaviors of Big Brown Bats, Eptesicus fuscus, Foraging in a Cluttered Acoustic Environment. Brain, behavior and evolution, 2015 Sep;86(1):6-16. doi: 10.1159/000437346. Epub 2015 Sep 24. PDF

Kothari, N., Wohlgemuth, M., Hulgard, K., Surlykke, A., and Moss, C.F. Timing matters: Sonar call groups facilitate spatio-temporal target localization in bats. Frontiers in Physiology, 2014, published online April 11, 2014. PDF

Wright, G., Chiu, C., Xian, W., Wilkinson, G., and Moss, C.F. Social calls predict foraging success in big brown bats, Current Biology, 2014, 24: 885-889. PDF

Falk, B., Jakobsen, L., Surlykke, A., and Moss, C. F. Bats coordinate sonar and flight behavior as they forage in open and cluttered environments. Journal of Experimental Biology, 2014, 217(24): 4356-4364. PDF

Lewicki, M.S., Olshausen, B.A., Surlykke A., and Moss, C.F. Scene analysis in the natural environment, Frontiers in Perception, April 2014 doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00199.

Heys, J.G., MacLeod, K., Moss, C.F., and Hasselmo, M.  Bat and rat neurons differ in theta frequency resonance despite similar spatial coding, Science, 2013, 340: 363-367.

Moss, C.F., Chiu, C. and Surlykke, A. Adaptive vocal behavior drives perception by echolocation in bats.  Current Opinion in Neurobiology, Sensory and Motor Systems, 2011, Volume 21, Issue 4, August 2011, Pages 645-652,

Sterbing-D’Angelo, S.J., Chadha, M., Falk, B. Barcelo, J, Zook, J.M. and Moss, C.F., Bat wing sensors support flight control, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2011, 108 (27): 11291-11296.

Yovel, Y., Falk, Ben, Moss, C.F., and Ulanovksy, N. Active control of acoustic field-of-view in a biosonar system, PLoS Biology, 2011, September 2011, vol., 9 (9) e1001150 .

Ulanovsky, N. and Moss, C.F.  Dynamics of hippocampal spatial representation in echolocating bats, Hippocampus, DOI: 10.1002/hipo.20731; 2011, Volume 21, 2, 150–161.

Moss, C. F. and Surlykke, A. Probing the natural scene by echolocation.  Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.  Special Issue in Neuroethology, 2010, doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2010.00033

Yovel, Y., Falk, Ben, Moss, C.F., and Ulanovksy, N.  Bats fly straight but ping sideways to optimize localization.  Science, 2010, Vol. 327. no. 5966, 70 -704.

Surlykke, A., Ghose, K., and Moss, C.F.  Acoustic scanning of natural scenes by echolocation in bats.  Journal of Experimental Biology, 2009, 212: 1011-1029.

Chiu, C., Xian, W. and Moss, C.F. Flying in silence:  Echolocating bats cease vocalizing to avoid sonar jamming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2008, 105(35): 13115-13120.

Ulanovsky, N. and Moss, C.F.   What the bat’s voice tells the bat’s brain.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2008, 105: 8491-8498.

Ulanovsky, N and Moss, C.F. Hippocampal cellular and network activity in freely-moving echolocating bats, Nature Neuroscience, 2007, 10(2): 224-233.  

Sinha, S.R. and Moss, C.F. Vocal pre–motor activity in the superior colliculus, Journal of Neuroscience, 2007, 27(1): 98-110.

Ghose, K. and Moss, C.F.  Steering by hearing:  A bat’s acoustic gaze is linked to its flight motor output by a delayed, adaptive linear law.  Journal of Neuroscience, 2006, 26: 1704-1710.

Valentine, D.E. and Moss, C.F. Spatially-selective auditory responses in the superior colliculus of the echolocating bat.  Journal of Neuroscience, 1997, 17: 1720-1733.