• Warren H Meck

  • Professor
  • Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Rm 3010 - GSRB II
  • Campus Box 91050
  • Phone: (919) 660-5765
  • Fax: (919) 660-5798
  • Homepage
  • Specialties

    • Systems and Integrative Neuroscience
  • Research Summary

    Interval-Timing Mechanisms/Cognition and Memory
  • Research Description

    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.
  • Areas of Interest

    Cognitive Aging
    Learning and Memory
    Timing and Time Perception
    Sleep-Dependent Memory Consolidation
    Effects of Prenatal Choline Availability on Brain & Behavior in Adulthood
  • Teaching

    • NEUROSCI 499.02
      • CURRENT RESEARCH IN NEUROSCI
      • GSRB II 3002
      • MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Psychology,
      • Brown University,
      • 1982
      • B.A.,
      • Psychology,
      • University of California, San Diego,
      • 1978
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Warren H. Meck,
      • January, 2012
      • Project Advisor,
      • NSF supported “Exploring Time” exhibit, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN,
      • 2000-present
      • Chair – Awards Committee,
      • American Psychological Association, Division 6,
      • 2003-2004
      • CNRS Associate "Rouge" Research Scientist Fellowship,
      • UPR 640, Paris, France,
      • 2003
      • Participating Faculty,
      • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, An Introductory Course, Medical College of Wisconsin,
      • October 23-25, 2003
      • James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Fellowship,
      • 2002-2003
      • Chair,
      • Behavioral Neuroscience Program (BBBP-5),
      • 2000
      • Project Advisor,
      • NSF supported “Exploring Time” exhibit, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN,
      • January, 2000-2003
      • Invited Plenary Lecturer,
      • XXVI International Ethological Conference,
      • August 2-9, 1999
      • Project Advisor,
      • NSF supported "Exploring Time" exhibit, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN,
      • 1999-2002
      • Visiting Scientist,
      • Max Planck Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Leipzig, Germany,
      • 1999
      • Fellow of the American Psychological Society,
      • elected 1998
      • Panel Member,
      • Cognitive Neuroscience Program, Special Emphasis Panel, NIMH,
      • 1998-1999
      • Project Advisor,
      • "What Makes Us Tick?", a British Broadcasting Company documentary,
      • 1998
      • James S. McDonnell Fellowship,
      • Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH,
      • 1997
      • Sponsor,
      • National Research Service Award Fellowships,
      • 1997-2000
      • Fellow of the American Psychological Association,
      • elected 1996
      • Investigator,
      • Mental Health Clinical Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, UNC, Chapel Hill,
      • 1996-present
      • Panel Member,
      • Basic Behavioral Sciences Services Research Subcommittee, NIDA,
      • 1995-1999
      • Sponsor,
      • Wellcome Trust Advanced Training Fellowship,
      • 1995-1998
      • Early Career Recognition Award,
      • Eastern Psychological Association,
      • 1994
      • Panel Member,
      • Neurobiology of Cognition and Behavior Committee, NINDS/NIH,
      • 1993
      • Special Reviewer,
      • Psychobiology and Behavior Committee, NIMH,
      • 1993
      • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship in Neuroscience,
      • 1988-1990
      • FIRST Award,
      • NINCDS: Fundamental Neurosciences Program,
      • 1988
      • James McKeen Cattell Dissertation Award,
      • The New York Academy of Sciences,
      • 1982
      • Sigma Xi,
      • Brown University Chapter,
      • 0 1982
  • Selected Publications

      • Buhusi, C.V., & Meck, W.H.
      • 2009.
      • Relative time sharing: New findings and an extension of the resource allocation model of temporal processing.
      • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society - London B - (Biological Sciences)
      • 364:
      • 1875-1885
      • .
      • Buhusi, C.V., & Meck, W.H.
      • 2009.
      • Relativity theory and time perception: Single or multiple clocks?.
      • PLoS ONE
      • 4:
      • e6268. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006268
      • .
      • Cheng, R.K., Williams, C.L., & Meck, W.H.
      • 2009.
      • Neurophysiological mechanisms of sleep-dependent memory consolidation and its facilitation by prenatal choline supplementation.
      • Chinese Journal of Physiology – Special issue: Physiology of Behavior, Stress, and Psychopathology
      • 52:
      • 223-235
      • .
      • Fortin, C., Fairhurst, S., Malapani, C., Morin, C., Towey, J., & Meck, W.H.
      • 2009.
      • Expectancy in humans in multisecond peak-interval timing with gaps.
      • Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
      • 71:
      • 789-802
      • .
      • MacDonald, C.J., Meck, W.H., Simon, S.A., & Nicolelis, M.A.L.
      • 2009.
      • Taste-guided decisions differentially engage neuronal ensembles across gustatory cortices.
      • Journal of Neuroscience
      • 29:
      • 11271-11282
      • .
      • Brannon, E.M., Libertus, M.E., Meck, W.H., & Woldorff, M.G.
      • 2008.
      • Electrophysiological measures of time processing in infant and adult brains: Weber’s law holds.
      • Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
      • 20:
      • 193-203
      • .
      • Cheng, R.K., Williams, C.L., & Meck, W.H.
      • 2008.
      • Oscillatory bands, neuronal synchrony and hippocampal function: Implications of the effects of prenatal choline supplementation for sleep-dependent memory consolidation.
      • Brain Research
      • 1237:
      • 176-194
      • .
      • Meck, W.H., Penney, T.B., & Pouthas, V.
      • 2008.
      • Cortico-striatal representation of time in animals and humans.
      • Current Opinion in Neurobiology
      • 18:
      • 145-152
      • .
      • Meck, W.H., Williams, C.L., Cermak, J.M., & Blusztajn, J.K.
      • 2008.
      • Developmental periods of choline sensitivity provide an ontogenetic mechanism for regulating memory capacity and age-related dementia.
      • Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
      • 1:7:
      • .
      • Penney, T.B., Gibbon, J., & Meck, W.H.
      • 2008.
      • Categorical scaling of duration bisection in pigeons (Columba livia), mice (Mus musculus), and humans (homo sapiens).
      • Psychological Science
      • 19:
      • 1102-1108
      • .
      • Droit-Volet, S., & Meck, W.H.
      • 2007.
      • How emotions colour our perception of time.
      • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
      • 11:
      • 504-513
      • .
      • Buhusi, C.V., & Meck, W.H.
      • 2005.
      • What makes us tick? Functional and neural mechanisms of interval timing.
      • Nature Reviews Neuroscience
      • 6:
      • 755-765
      • .
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