Learning to time intervals

K. Cheng, J. D. Crystal

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Traditionally, interval timing is the ability to time short intervals from seconds to minutes and is distinguished from circadian timing, the timing of the rhythm of day and night. This chapter presents three paradigms that have been used to investigate interval timing and typical data found in laboratory studies. Three theories are discussed briefly. Recent data are then presented that show that interval timing shares many properties with circadian timing. These data are consistent with the use of multiple oscillators at different periods for timing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning and memory
Subtitle of host publicationa comprehensive reference : Vol. 1 : learning theory and behaviour
EditorsJohn H Byrne
Place of PublicationAmsterdam ; London
ISBN (Print)9780123705099
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • phase shift
  • bisection task
  • peak procedure
  • generalization
  • scalar property
  • pacemaker
  • switch
  • accumulator
  • memory
  • endogenous oscillation


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