A behavioral paradigm for measuring perceptual distances in mice

Hirofumi Nakayama, Richard C. Gerkin, Dmitry Rinberg

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Perceptual similarities between a specific stimulus and other stimuli of the same modality provide valuable information about the structure and geometry of sensory spaces. While typically assessed in human behavioral experiments, perceptual similarities—or distances—are rarely measured in other species. However, understanding the neural computations responsible for sensory representations requires the monitoring and often manipulation of neural activity, which is more readily achieved in non-human experimental models. Here, we develop a behavioral paradigm that enables the quantification of perceptual similarity between sensory stimuli using mouse olfaction as a model system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100233
JournalCell Reports Methods
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 20 2022


  • delayed match to sample
  • odor space
  • perceptual distance
  • perceptual similarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Genetics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Science Applications


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