Representation of time

Cognition. 1990 Nov;37(1-2):23-54. doi: 10.1016/0010-0277(90)90017-e.


Memory representation for time was studied in two settings. First, an analysis of timing in a laboratory analog of a foraging situation revealed that departure times from a patchy resource followed a Weber Law-like property implied by scalar timing. A trial-by-trial analysis was then pursued in a similar but more structured experimental paradigm, the Peak procedure. Study of covariance structures in the data implicated scalar variance in the memory for time as well as in the decision process, but the correlation pattern ruled out multiple access to memory within a trial.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Appetitive Behavior
  • Attention*
  • Behavior, Animal*
  • Birds
  • Mental Recall
  • Models, Statistical
  • Rats
  • Time Perception*