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Functional and Neural Mechanisms of Interval Timing

Edited By

Warren H. Meck

ISBN 9780849311093
Published March 24, 2003 by CRC Press
600 Pages 5 Color & 133 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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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"[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