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Warren H. Meck, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Warren H. Meck

Research Summary:
Research interests include the neuroanatomical and neuropharmacological basis of timing and time perception in the seconds-to-minutes range. This work relates to the striatal beat-frequency theory of interval timing as well as mode-control models of temporal integration and attentional time-sharing in humans and other animals. Current work focuses on the use of genomic and ensemble-recording techniques designed to identify the basic properties of interval timing and decision making in cortical-striatal circuits. Additional work utilizes neuroimaging techniques (e.g., EEG & fMRI) to examine temporal processing deficits in selected clinical populations. Another major focus for our research uses animal models to study developmental periods of dietary choline sensitivity that provide an ontogenetic mechanism for regulating memory capacity and precision in adulthood. This work includes the study of prenatal choline effects on sleep-dependent memory consolidation processes in adult rats and mice as well as inoculation against age-related impairments in spatial and temporal cognition.


Systems and Integrative Neuroscience

Representative Publications:   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. BM Gu, H van Rijn and WH Meck (2015). Oscillatory multiplexing of neural population codes for interval timing and working memory.. Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 48, 160-185. [doi]  [abs]
  2. WJ Matthews and WH Meck (2014). Time perception: the bad news and the good.. Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Cognitive science, 5(4), 429-446. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Lake, J.I., LaBar, K.S., & Meck, W.H (2014). Hear it playing low and slow: how pitch level differentially influences time perception.. Acta psychologica, 149, 169-177. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Cordes, S., & Meck, W.H (2014). Ordinal judgments in the rat: an understanding of longer and shorter for suprasecond, but not subsecond, durations.. J Exp Psychol Gen, 143(2), 710-720. [23544654], [doi]  [abs]
  5. Tucci,V., Buhusi, C.V., Gallistel, C.R. & Meck, W.H (2014). Towards an integrated understanding of the biology of timing.. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 369(1637), 20120470. [doi]

Courses (Fall 2015):

  • Neurosci 201.001, Fundamentals neurosci Synopsis
    Social sciences 139, WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
  • Neurosci 201.01d, Fundamentals neurosci Synopsis
    Physics 154, W 03:20 PM-04:10 PM
  • Neurosci 201.02d, Fundamentals neurosci Synopsis
    Old chem 116, W 04:55 PM-05:45 PM
  • Neurosci 201.03d, Fundamentals neurosci Synopsis
    Soc/psych 126, Th 08:45 AM-09:35 AM
  • Neurosci 201.04d, Fundamentals neurosci Synopsis
    Perkins 070, Th 10:20 AM-11:10 AM

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