Novel Inversions in Auditory Sequences Provide Evidence for Spontaneous Subtraction of Time and Number


Journal Article

© 2014 Copyright 2014 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands. Animals, including fish, birds, rodents, non-human primates, and pre-verbal infants are able to discriminate the duration and number of events without the use of language. In this paper, we present the results of six experiments exploring the capability of adult rats to count 2-6 sequentially presented white-noise stimuli. The investigation focuses on the animal's ability to exhibit spontaneous subtraction following the presentation of novel stimulus inversions in the auditory signals being counted. Results suggest that a subtraction operation between two opposite sensory representations may be a general processing strategy used for the comparison of stimulus magnitudes. These findings are discussed within the context of a mode-control model of timing and counting that relies on an analog temporal-integration process for the addition and subtraction of sequential events.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Aagten-Murphy, D; Iversen, JR; Williams, CL; Meck, WH

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 188 - 209

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2213-4468

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2213-445X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1163/22134468-00002028

Citation Source

  • Scopus