The Substantia Nigra, the Basal Ganglia, Dopamine and Temporal Processing

  • Catherine R. G. Jones
  • Marjan JahanshahiEmail author
Part of the Journal of Neural Transmission. Supplementa book series (NEURALTRANS, volume 73)


It has been proposed that the basal ganglia are important to the temporal processing of milliseconds- and seconds-range intervals, both within the motor and perceptual domains. This review summarizes and discuses evidence from animal, pharmacological, clinical, and imaging research that supports this proposal, with particular reference to the role of the substantia nigra (SN).


Temporal processing Basal ganglia Substantia nigra Parkinson’s disease Timing Time estimation Time reproduction Dopamine Fronto-striatal circuits 



Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder


Deep brain stimulation




Parkinson’s disease


Scalar expectancy theory


Striatal beat frequency model


Substantia nigra


Substantia nigra pars compacta


Supplementary motor area


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  1. 1.Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement DisordersUCL Insitute of NeurologyLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and Human Development, Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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