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    Can anyone tell me if domestic animals have a striatum or similar brain tissue that deals with time perception?


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    http://bml.ym.edu.tw/~brc/news/downl..._2008_Time.pdf

    Personally, I have wondered how the Three Toed Sloth perceives time...


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    Or any animals for that matter...
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    Thanks for the link,don't have time (whatever that might turn out to be lol) to read it just now.
    Time is such a curious thing,i reckon it could preoccupy your thoughts for an entire lifetime and in the end,still be very hard to fully understand and define.
    Will read that link soon.
    Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asthmaticdragon View Post
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    Cool cool,would you say that physics is your main scientific interest?
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    Nocturnal animals need to change their watches, that's for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asthmaticdragon View Post
    Cool cool,would you say that physics is your main scientific interest?
    Astronomy.
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    It seems like it woud be essential for predator-prey interaction.
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    Many animals have adapted themselves for either daytime or nightime activity. Therefore most animals do have an "awareness" of certain celestial rhythms that exist on this planet .
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    The cortex uses sequence memory. It knows what point you are at in a sequence. The bigger the cortex, the more slowly you could change points in a sequence. Therefore, humans might percieve time more slowly than simpler animals. We can't think as fast as smaller-brained animals, but we can think more deeply. (This is just based on the little I know about the cortex.)
    The striatum is part of the basal ganglia. It is the main input station. The basal ganglia is similar to the cortex in my opinion, because it is involved in motor control and sequence learning, two primary functions of the cortex. It is also involved in deciding between possible actions and motivation, which are functions of the cortex. (I'm not saying it is like a miny cortex, but it appears to have some similar mechanisms.) I don't know why the striatum specifically would control time perception. Can you provide a link?
    The striatum evolved a long time ago, so most vertabrates have it. Fruit flies have a cortex-like structure, so I think that they consciously percieve time.
    The circadian clock is controlled by another old part of the brain, the hypothalamus. Suprachiasmatic nucleus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Some microbes have circadian clocks.
    Didn't check all the facts here.
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