Warren H. Meck

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Brown University 1982

Overview

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.

Expertise

Neuroanatomical and neuropharmacological basis of timing and time perception

"A Brief History of “The Psychology of Time Perception”." Timing & Time Perception 4.3 (October 20, 2016): 299-314. Full Text

Schirmer, A, Meck, WH, and Penney, TB. "The Socio-Temporal Brain: Connecting People in Time." Trends in cognitive sciences 20.10 (October 2016): 760-772. (Review) Full Text

Lake, JI, LaBar, KS, and Meck, WH. "Emotional modulation of interval timing and time perception." Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews 64 (May 2016): 403-420. (Review) Full Text

Yin, B, Terhune, DB, Smythies, J, and Meck, WH. "Claustrum, consciousness, and time perception." Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 8 (April 2016): 258-267. Full Text

Lusk, NA, Petter, EA, MacDonald, CJ, and Meck, WH. "Cerebellar, hippocampal, and striatal time cells." Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 8 (April 2016): 186-192. Full Text

Meck, WH, and Ivry, RB. "Editorial overview: Time in perception and action." Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 8 (April 2016): vi-x. Full Text

Yin, B, Terhune, DB, Smythies, J, and Meck, WH. "Corrigendum to “Claustrum, consciousness, and time perception” [Curr. Opin. Behav. Sci. 8 (2016) 258–267]." Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 8 (April 2016): 290-290. Full Text

Tipples, J, Meck, WH, Cheng, R-K, and Narayanan, NS. "Clock Speed as a Window into Dopaminergic Control of Emotion and Time Perception." Timing & Time Perception 4.1 (March 10, 2016): 99-122. Full Text

Yin, B, Thönes, S, Cheng, RK, Wang, N, Covington, HE, and Meck, WH. "Continuous Social Defeat Induces Depression-Like Symptoms Including Anhedonia and Slowed Time Perception that are Rapidly Reversed by Ketamine." Timing and Time Perception 4.4 (January 1, 2016): 371-397. Full Text

Pages

Allman, MJ, Yin, B, and Meck, WH. "Time in the psychopathological mind." Subjective Time: The Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience of Temporality. January 1, 2014. 637-654.

REU Site: Research Program in Mechanisms of Behavior awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2014

Representation of Temporal Information awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2010

Attentional Processing of Temporal Information awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2008

Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and Genomics awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2002 to 2004

Undergraduate Neurosciences Summer Research Program in Mechanisms of Behavior awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2002

Functional and Neural Mechanisms of Interval Timing awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 2002

(97-0016) Functional and Neural Mechanisms of Interval Timing in Rats awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 2001

Nicotines Effect on Interval Timing -- FMRI Assessment awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2000

Interval Timing Behavior: Ensemble Recording and Stimulants awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 2000

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