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left Transverse Temporal Gyrus

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Dataset: 3.01

Citing function expression

Warning [12/02/15]: The atlas is still in beta - Do not cite unless you have spoken to support staff first

Kymata p-values refer to the expression of a function at a particular location 'L', and, by implication, to the existence of the function itself. This does not, however, mean that the function exists at L, as the function characterises the causal mechanism between the location of the original input stream (say, the retina, or the tympanic membrane), and L. So

Loudness expression has been reported in left transverse temporal gyrus, at a latency of 95ms (Kymata Atlas, 2014).

is correct, as is

Existence of the loudness function is supported by its expression in left transverse temporal gyrus, at a latency of 95ms (Kymata Atlas, 2014).

However,

The loudness function has been reported in left transverse temporal gyrus, at a latency of 95ms (Kymata Atlas, 2014).

is not. The function is a description of the causal mechanism between the input stream and the output expression, and this mechanism will, by definition, not be entirely located where its output is encoded.

Citing UIDs

For reasons of clarity or changed language use, the co-coordinators of Kymata will occasionally re-name functions, potentially leading to confusion. It is thus a good idea to reference a function's UID (unique identifier) at least once in your text. eg.

Loudness [Kymata ID: QRLFE] expression has been reported in left transverse temporal gyrus, at a latency of 95ms (Kymata Atlas, 2014)

A function's UID will never change, so by citing the UID you ensure that your readers will always be clear about the function you are referring to.

Citing the individual or group that first hypothesised a function

In some instances, you may want to refer to the journal article where the function under discussion was developed, so that readers know where to look if they want to know more about the function itself. In this situation, the relevant journal/author information can be found in the information bar of the Kymata viewing pane, and this can be referenced in your text in the normal way. eg.

The loudness function (Kymata ID: QRLFE; Moore, Glasberg & Baer, 1997) has long been suggested as the mechanism by which...

Citing the correct dataset

Finally, p-values will change between datasets, so in your references, remember to cite the correct dataset. eg.

The Kymata Atlas [dataset 2.01], University of Cambridge and MRC-CBSU, UK (2015)

The name of the dataset currently loaded in the viewer is displayed below the viewer and above the 'how to cite' button.

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