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Timing is essential to human behaviour, but the neural mechanisms underlying time perception are still unclear. New findings from a brain-imaging study by Coull et al. show that activity in a network of motor-related areas varies parametrically with attention to time. Given that a system in which timing is important (but not the primary function) is recruited when temporal judgements are required, we should perhaps reassess the notion of a dedicated timing system in the brain.

Original publication




Journal article


Trends Cogn Sci

Publication Date





387 - 389


Cerebellum, Corpus Striatum, Frontal Lobe, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Motor Cortex, Nerve Net, Time Perception