Contingent negative variation and its relation to time estimation: a theoretical evaluation

Front Integr Neurosci. 2011 Dec 27;5:91. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2011.00091. eCollection 2011.


The relation between the contingent negative variation (CNV) and time estimation is evaluated in terms of temporal accumulation and preparation processes. The conclusion is that the CNV as measured from the electroencephalogram (EEG) recorded at fronto-central and parietal-central areas is not a direct reflection of the underlying interval timing mechanism(s), but more likely represents a time-based response preparation/decision-making process.

Keywords: EEG/ERP; fronto-central and parietal-central areas; response preparation; temporal accumulation; timing and time perception.