The representation of temporal information in perception and motor control

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1996 Dec;6(6):851-7. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(96)80037-7.


The representation of temporal information can be examined from both a neurological and a computational perspective. Recent evidence suggests that two subcortical structures, the cerebellum and basal ganglia, play a critical role in the timing of both movement and perception. At a computational level, models of an internal clock have been developed in which timing is based on either endogenous oscillatory processes or distributed interval-based representations derived from relatively slow physiological processes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Clocks / physiology
  • Humans
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Time Perception / physiology*