On Clocks, Models and Metaphors

Understanding the Klepsydra Model
  • Jiří Wackermann
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6789)


In the present paper, the rôle of metaphors and models in scientific theories is discussed, with particular focus on the klepsydraic model of internal time representation and on the ‘internal clock model’. The conceptual background and the basic principles of the klepsydraic model are explained, and its non-computational character is emphasized.


Time Perception Internal Clock Reproduction Data Duration Discrimination Leaky Bucket 
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  • Jiří Wackermann
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  1. 1.Dept. of Empirical and Analytical PsychophysicsInstitute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental HealthFreiburg i. Br.Germany

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