Summary – University of Copenhagen

Summary

of Chiron Oderkerk's PhD-thesis:

Temporal expectation facilitates behaviour by allocating attentional resources to events at the moment they are expected to occur. Ideally, this expectation should be tightly linked to the hazard rate of the event (i.e., the probability that the event will occur at the next possible moment in time, given that it has not yet occurred). Nevertheless, noninformative rhythmic sequences may similarly induce temporal expectation of events that occur in synchrony with the rhythm.

A series of studies are presented that investigate how temporal expectation dynamically adapts when informed by rhythm, the passage of time, and the hazard rate of a stimulus’ occurrence.