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Internal Representations of Temporal Statistics and Feedback Calibrate Motor-Sensory Interval Timing

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Time interval reproduction task and generative model.

Top: Outline of a trial. Participants clicked on a mouse button and a yellow dot was flashed ms later at the center of the screen, with drawn from a block-dependent distribution (estimation phase). The subject then pressed the mouse button for a matching duration of ms (reproduction phase). Performance feedback was then displayed according to an error map . Bottom: Generative model for the time interval reproduction task. The interval is drawn from the probability distribution (the objective distribution). The stimulus induces in the observer the noisy sensory measurement with conditional probability density (the sensory likelihood), with a sensory variability parameter. The action subsequently taken by the ideal observer is assumed to be the ‘optimal’ action that minimizes the subjectively expected loss (Eq. 1); is therefore a deterministic function of , . The subjectively expected loss depends on terms such as the prior and the loss function (squared subjective error map ), which do not necessarily match their objective counterparts. The chosen action is then corrupted by motor noise, producing the observed response with conditional probability density (the motor likelihood), where is a motor variability parameter.

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