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Functional and Neural Mechanisms of Interval Timing

1st Edition

Edited by Warren H. Meck

CRC Press

600 pages | 5 Color Illus. | 133 B/W Illus.

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Understanding temporal integration by the brain is expected to be among the premier topics to unite systems, cellular, computational, and cognitive neuroscience over the next decade. The phenomenon has been studied in humans and animals, yet until now, there has been no publication to successfully bring together the latest information gathered from this exciting area of research. For the first time, Functional and Neural Mechanisms of Interval Timing synthesizes the current knowledge of both animal behavior and human cognition as related to both technical and theoretical approaches in the study of duration discrimination.

Chapters written by the foremost experts in the field integrate the fields of time quantum and psychophysics, rhythmic performance and synchronization, as well as attentional effort and cognitive strategies through the linkage of time as information in brain and behavior. This cutting-edge scientific work promotes a concerted view of timing and time perception for those on both sides of the behavior-biology divide. With Functional and Neural Mechanisms of Interval Timing neuroscientists, ethologists, and psychologists will gain the necessary background to understand the psychophysics and neurobiology of this crucial behavior.


"[A] thorough and richly informative book. … Throughout the volume, the writing style gives a clear, even, concise, expository flow with an excellent balance of detailed methodology and findings of each study, with helpful interpretations of their juxtapositions to other studies. For the student in the field, this is a treasure trove. For clinicians or researchers in other areas who want a reference that will guide an understanding of this timely field, this will be invaluable and highly recommended."

- Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Aug. 2005

"Each chapter includes an introduction to topic matter, data, discussion, and is referenced for additional reading which makes this a reader friendly book. … [A] good start for those who are interested in understanding how to modulate behavior related to timing events, and external and internal stimuli. … [The book] is well organized and reader friendly, particularly for those who have some knowledge in psychology and neurobiology."

- Contemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Science, Vol. 43, No. 4, July 2004

"Warren Meck, the editor, straddles both the human/nonhuman and brain/behaviour divides. He is in an ideal position to edit such a volume. Altogether, the collection constitutes a comprehensive and readable package on recent developments on this topic. … The editorial work on the book is superb. The chapters read well … . I recommend this volume as an excellent, comprehensive state-of-the-art compendium on interval timing."

- Animal Cognition

"Never before has such a large array of phenomena and methods been put together with such a coherent analysis. It is a remarkable achievement for both unity and synthesis in the domains of behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. The book is certainly a major step in giving the field of timing and time perception a theoretical focus of great scientific power."

- From the Foreword by Robert Rousseau, Laval University, Quebec

Table of Contents

Foreword, Robert Rousseau

Introduction: The Persistence of Time, Warren H. Meck


A Concise Introduction to Scalar Timing Theory, Russell M. Church

General Learning Models: Timing without a Clock, John W. Hopson

Nonlinearities in Sensitivity to Time: Implications for Oscillator-Based Representations of Interval and Circadian Clocks, Jonathon D. Crystal

Toward a Unified Theory of Animal Event Timing, Thomas T. Hills

Interval Timing and Optimal Foraging, Melissa Bateson

Nonverbal Representations of Time and Number in Animals and Human Infants, Elizabeth M. Brannon and Jamie D. Roitman

Temporal Experience and Timing in Children, Sylvie Droit-Volet

Modality Differences in Interval Timing: Attention, Clock Speed, and Memory, Trevor B. Penney

Attentional Time-Sharing in Interval Timing, Claudette Fortin

Grandfather's Clock: Attention and Interval Timing in Older Adults, Cindy Lustig


Neurogenetics of Interval Timing, Münire Özlem Çevik

Dopaminergic Mechanisms of Interval Timing and Attention, Catalin V. Buhusi

Electrophysiological Correlates of Interval Timing, Shogo Sakata and Keiichi Onoda

Importance of Frontal Motor Cortex in Divided Attention and Simultaneous Temporal Processing, Kevin C.H. Pang and J. Devin McAuley

Integration of Behavior and Timing: Anatomically Separate Systems or Distributed Processing? Matthew S. Matell, Warren H. Meck, and Miguel A.L. Nicolelis

Time Flies and May Also Sing: Cortico-Striatal Mechanisms of Interval Timing and Birdsong, Christopher J. MacDonald and Warren H. Meck

Neuroimaging Approaches to the Study of Interval Timing, Sean C. Hinton

Electrophysiological Evidence for Specific Processing of Temporal Information in Humans, Viviane Pouthas

Cerebellar and Basal Ganglia Contributions to Interval Timing, Jörn Diedrichsen, Richard B. Ivry, and Jeff Pressing

Interval Timing in the Dopamine-Depleted Basal Ganglia: From Empirical Data to Timing Theory, Chara Malapani and Brian C. Rakitin

Overview: An Image of Human Neural Timing, Penelope A. Lewis and R. Chris Miall

Afterword: Timing in the New Millennium, Where Are We Now? Françoise Macar


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MEDICAL / Anatomy
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience