Evolution of time coding systems

Neural Comput. 1999 Jan 1;11(1):1-20. doi: 10.1162/089976699300016773.


The auditory and electrosensory systems contain circuits that are specialized for the encoding and processing of microsecond time differences. Analysis of these circuits in two specialists, weakly electric fish and barn owls, has uncovered common design principles and illuminated some aspects of their evolution.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Animals
  • Auditory Pathways / physiology*
  • Chickens / physiology
  • Electric Fish / physiology
  • Electric Organ / innervation*
  • Neural Pathways / physiology
  • Strigiformes / physiology
  • Time*