Speed-Accuracy Tradeoff in Olfaction

Rinberg, D. A., Koulakov, A. A., Gelperin, A. (August 2006) Speed-Accuracy Tradeoff in Olfaction. Neuron, 51 (3). pp. 351-358. ISSN 08966273

URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16880129
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2006.07.013


The basic psychophysical principle of speed-accuracy tradeoff (SAT) has been used to understand key aspects of neuronal information processing in vision and audition, but the principle of SAT is still debated in olfaction. In this study we present the direct observation of SAT in olfaction. We developed a behavioral paradigm for mice in which both the duration of odorant sampling and the difficulty of the odor discrimination task were controlled by the experimenter. We observed that the accuracy of odor discrimination increases with the duration of imposed odorant sampling, and that the rate of this increase is slower for harder tasks. We also present a unifying picture of two previous, seemingly disparate experiments on timing of odorant sampling in odor discrimination tasks. The presence of SAT in olfaction provides strong evidence for temporal integration in olfaction and puts a constraint on models of olfactory processing. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: organism description > animal > mammal > rodent > mouse
organism description > animal behavior > olfactory
organism description > animal behavior > speed-accuracy tradeoff
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Communities: CSHL labs > Koulakov lab
Depositing User: CSHL Librarian
Date: August 2006
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 20:45
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2017 17:55
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URI: https://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/22887

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