Bayesian calibration of simultaneity in tactile temporal order judgment

Nat Neurosci. 2006 Jul;9(7):875-7. doi: 10.1038/nn1712. Epub 2006 May 28.


Human judgment of the temporal order of two sensory signals is liable to change depending on our prior experiences. Previous studies have reported that signals presented at short intervals but in the same order as the most frequently repeated signal are perceived as occurring simultaneously. Here we report opposite perceptual changes that conform to a Bayesian integration theory in judging the order of two stimuli delivered one to each hand.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bayes Theorem*
  • Calibration
  • Concept Formation / physiology
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Humans
  • Judgment / physiology*
  • Male
  • Physical Stimulation / methods
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology
  • Reaction Time / physiology
  • Time Perception / physiology*
  • Touch / physiology*