Functional neuroimaging of duration discrimination on two different time scales

Neurosci Lett. 2010 Jan 29;469(3):411-5. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2009.12.040. Epub 2009 Dec 23.


Analyses of neural mechanisms of duration processing are essential for the understanding of psychological phenomena which evolve in time. Different mechanisms are presumably responsible for the processing of shorter (below 500 ms) and longer (above 500 ms) events but have not yet been a subject of an investigation with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). In the present study, we show a greater involvement of several brain regions - including right-hemispheric midline structures and left-hemispheric lateral regions - in the processing of visual stimuli of shorter as compared to longer duration. We propose a greater involvement of lower-level cognitive mechanisms in the processing of shorter events as opposed to higher-level mechanisms of cognitive control involved in longer events.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Cognition / physiology
  • Discrimination, Psychological / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Time Factors
  • Time Perception / physiology*
  • Visual Perception / physiology*
  • Young Adult