Modeling Temporal Structure in Classical Conditioning

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 14 (NIPS 2001)

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Aaron C. Courville, David Touretzky


The Temporal Coding Hypothesis of Miller and colleagues [7] sug(cid:173) gests that animals integrate related temporal patterns of stimuli into single memory representations. We formalize this concept using quasi-Bayes estimation to update the parameters of a con(cid:173) strained hidden Markov model. This approach allows us to account for some surprising temporal effects in the second order condition(cid:173) ing experiments of Miller et al. [1 , 2, 3], which other models are unable to explain.