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Master of Science (MS)




Kerry Jordan


Amy Odum

Third Advisor:

Tyson Barrett


Temporal bisection is a behavioral task used to study how we perceive time. However, it is not fully clear how time perception should be interpreted in different variations of this task. Moreover, it is not understood why the results of this task are often different for human and animal subjects. Understanding parameters of this task and making a connection between human and animal experiments may help researchers to understand how time is perceived in the brain and consequently disorders involving time perception.

In this thesis, I propose a computational model that A) provides researchers with a framework to study the parameters of the temporal bisection task to design better experiments and B) gives researchers an insight into potential underlying reasons for differences between human and animal time perception in this task. This model mimics subjects’ learning and decision processes in making responses about the length of durations. By manipulating these processes, researchers should be able to verify how time perception is changed in different variations of the task. Additionally, this model helps researchers identify differences in learning and decision processes of human and animal subjects in temporal bisection, which could help explain more general differences in their time perception.



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