Evidence of a time constant associated with movement patterns in six mammalian species

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dc.contributor.author Gerstner, Geoffrey E. en_US
dc.contributor.author Goldberg, Louis J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-04-10T18:02:11Z
dc.date.available 2006-04-10T18:02:11Z
dc.date.issued 1994-07 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Gerstner, Geoffrey E., Goldberg, Louis J. (1994/07)."Evidence of a time constant associated with movement patterns in six mammalian species." Ethology and Sociobiology 15(4): 181-205. <http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/31468> en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6X2B-46FGJ1W-1/2/d9b868cd21184e73de937f8a4146bca0 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/31468
dc.description.abstract Human psychophysical studies have provided evidence of a short duration time constant associated with perceptual tasks. This time constant is approximately 3 s in duration, and evidence suggests that it represents a central neural mechanism that functions to integrate "successive events into a Gestalt" in order to create a "subjective present." Recent studies have found a 3 s time constant in human and chimpanzee movement patterns, suggesting that a similar mechanism subserves both human perceptual and primate motor skills. These studies have focused exclusively on humans and chimpanzees; therefore, it is unclear whether this time constant represents a characteristic derived in the primate order or an ancestral characteristic found in many different mammalian orders. The current study looked for evidence of a 3 s time constant associated with movement patterns in six mammalian species representing three non-primate orders. The results showed that all six species' movement pattern event durations averaged about 3 s, and that there were no significant differences in the mean event durations among the species. Thus, the 3 s time constant originally found in human perceptual and primate motor skills is common among many mammalian orders and probably represents the operation of an ancestral neural mechanism. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.title Evidence of a time constant associated with movement patterns in six mammalian species en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.robots IndexNoFollow en_US
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Social Sciences en_US
dc.description.peerreviewed Peer Reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationum University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationother State University of New York, Buffalo, USA en_US
dc.description.bitstreamurl http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/31468/1/0000390.pdf en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0162-3095(94)90013-2 en_US
dc.identifier.source Ethology and Sociobiology en_US
dc.owningcollname Interdisciplinary and Peer-Reviewed
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