A behavioral theory of timing.

@article{Killeen1988ABT,
  title={A behavioral theory of timing.},
  author={Peter R Killeen and Julia Fetterman},
  journal={Psychological review},
  year={1988},
  volume={95 2},
  pages={274-95}
}
We base a theory of timing on the observation that signals of reinforcement elicit adjunctive behaviors. The transitions between these behaviors are well described as a Poisson process, with a rate constant proportional to the rate of reinforcement in the experimental context. These behaviors may come to serve as the basis for conditional discriminations of the passage of time. Varying the rate of reinforcement will generate distributions of behavior whose mean and standard deviation vary… CONTINUE READING
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