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Neurobiology of Interval Timing

  • Hugo Merchant
  • Victor de Lafuente
  • Explores the current knowledge of neurobiology of timing behavior

  • Includes up to date chapters written by leading experts in the fields of psychophysics, functional imaging, system neurophysiology, and musicology

  • Discusses both animal behavior and human cognition with regard to the passage of time in a behavioral context


Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 829)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Hugo Merchant, Victor de Lafuente
    Pages 1-13
  3. Psychophysics of Interval Timing

  4. Timing Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Hedderik van Rijn, Bon-Mi Gu, Warren H. Meck
      Pages 75-99
  5. Neural Correlates of Interval Timing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Bjørg Elisabeth Kilavik, Joachim Confais, Alexa Riehle
      Pages 121-142
    3. Hugo Merchant, Ramón Bartolo, Oswaldo Pérez, Juan Carlos Méndez, Germán Mendoza, Jorge Gámez et al.
      Pages 143-154
    4. James Ashe, Khalaf Bushara
      Pages 155-165
  6. Functional Imaging and Interval Timing

  7. Neural Underpinnings of Rhythm and Music

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291

About this book


The study of how the brain processes temporal information is becoming one of the most important topics in systems, cellular, computational, and cognitive neuroscience, as well as in the physiological bases of music and language. During the last and current decade, interval timing has been intensively studied in humans and animals using increasingly sophisticated methodological approaches. The present book will bring together the latest information gathered from this exciting area of research, putting special emphasis on the neural underpinnings of time processing in behaving human and non-human primates. Thus, Neurobiology of Interval Timing will integrate for the first time the current knowledge of both animal behavior and human cognition of the passage of time in different behavioral context, including the perception and production of time intervals, as well as rhythmic activities, using different experimental and theoretical frameworks. The book will the composed of chapters written by the leading experts in the fields of psychophysics, functional imaging, system neurophysiology, and musicology. This cutting-edge scientific work will integrate the current knowledge of the neurobiology of timing behavior putting in perspective the current hypothesis of how the brain quantifies the passage of time across a wide variety of critical behaviors.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hugo Merchant
    • 1
  • Victor de Lafuente
    • 2
  1. 1.Campus JuriquillaInstituto de Neurobiología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoQueretaroMexico
  2. 2.Campus JuriquillaInstituto de Neurobiología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoQueretaroMexico

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Neurobiology of Interval Timing
  • Editors Hugo Merchant
    Victor de Lafuente
  • Series Title Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advs Exp. Medicine, Biology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4939-1781-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-4496-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4939-1782-2
  • Series ISSN 0065-2598
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-8019
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 358
  • Number of Illustrations 50 b/w illustrations, 46 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurosciences
    Human Physiology
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“This is an outstanding textbook on the neurophysiology of coding with mathematical and statistical models. … I highly recommend this outstanding textbook to all interested audiences including neurophysiologists, neuroscientists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons in the research field involving timing mechanisms through psychophysics, probability theory, and mathematical modeling.” (Joseph J. Grenier,, May, 2015)