Neuropsychological mechanisms of interval timing behavior.


Journal Article (Review)

Interval timing in the seconds-to-minutes range is believed to underlie a variety of complex behaviors in humans and other animals. One of the more interesting problems in interval timing is trying to understand how the brain times events lasting for minutes with millisecond-based neural processes. Timing models proposing the use of coincidence-detection mechanisms (e.g., the detection of simultaneous activity across multiple neural inputs) appear to be the most compatible with known neural mechanisms. From an evolutionary perspective, coincidence detection of neuronal activity may be a fundamental mechanism of timing that is expressed across a wide variety of species. BioEssays 22:94-103, 2000.

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Cited Authors

  • Matell, MS; Meck, WH

Published Date

  • January 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 94 - 103

PubMed ID

  • 10649295

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10649295

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1521-1878

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0265-9247

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/(sici)1521-1878(200001)22:1<94::aid-bies14>;2-e


  • eng