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Timing at Multiple Scales in Olfactory Perception

Abstract

Olfactory perception spans multiple time scales, from sub-millisecond and millisecond generation and timing of action potentials to developmental time. In this paper I review recent research addressing the mesoscopic scale and interactions with events that occur on longer time scales. Oscillatory local field potential frequency and coherence patterns can be modulated by behavioral state, sniffing patterns, intentional processes, learning, and circadian changes in gene expression. The olfactory system also shows species-selective interactions with development and expression of seasonality related to reproductive status, immune response and affective state. Causal interactions at different temporal scales represent the rule rather than the exception in this system.

Keywords

  • Temporal scale
  • Olfactory bulb
  • Oscillation
  • Local field potential

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LMK received funding for this work from the NIDCD (R01-007995) and an Institute for Mind and Biology Seed Grant.

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Kay, L.M. (2013). Timing at Multiple Scales in Olfactory Perception. In: Yamaguchi, Y. (eds) Advances in Cognitive Neurodynamics (III). Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4792-0_3

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