Time flies and may also sing: Cortico-striatal mechanisms of interval timing and birdsong


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© 2003 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. There is ample evidence that humans and other animals can time multiple events embedded within a hierarchical structure when presented with complex schedules of reinforcement or stimulus sequences (e.g., Leak and Gibbon, 1995; Meck and Church, 1982, 1984; Pang and McAuley, this volume; Rousseau and Rousseau, 1996). It is unclear, however, whether there are specialized systems for the perception and production of serial-ordered behavior that rely on the same interval timing mechanisms that are engaged by the types of stimuli that are typically presented in laboratory studies of timing and time perception. One such system might be the vocal learning circuit of songbirds, which is highly structured and specific.

Cited Authors

  • MacDonald, CJ; Meck, WH

Published Date

  • January 1, 2003

Book Title

  • Functional and Neural Mechanisms of Interval Timing

Start / End Page

  • 392 - 418

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780849311093

Citation Source

  • Scopus