Neural Plasticity

The Neurobiology of Time Processing

Publishing date
18 Mar 2016
Submission deadline
30 Oct 2015

1University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

2University Hospital of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

3Goldsmiths University of London, London, UK

4Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

The Neurobiology of Time Processing


Time is a multifaceted and complex cognitive function. Time perception is fundamental to many aspects of our lives, including speech recognition and production, motion perception, sound localization, and motor coordination. Moreover, humans need to anticipate the timing of future events to prepare actions and to allocate sensory processing resources. These are only few examples of how “time” is important for a wide range of functions in everyday life.

Different theories were formulated to explain how time is represented in the brain and what the mechanisms of time perception and reproduction are. A lot of studies in the last decade focused on the neural bases of time using different approaches.

This topic has gained increasing interest in the field of neurophysiology, neuropsychology, cognitive science, and neuroimaging, with the number of publications per year being doubled during the last decade.

The purpose of this special issue is to publish high-quality research papers as well as review articles addressing recent advances in the neurobiology of time. Original, high-quality contributions that are not yet published or that are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought. We invite researchers from different disciplines, including neuropsychology, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, and cognitive psychology, to contribute.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Mental time travel and self-projection in time
  • Theory of Magnitude (ATOM) and Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT)
  • Models for event timing: centralized internal clock versus distributed timing networks
  • Animal studies on the neurobiology of time
  • Computational model of time processing
  • Motor and perceptual representations of temporal intervals
  • Temporal expectation and the ability to make predictions
  • The disorder of time processing
  • Time perception and attention
  • Memory and time
  • Implicit and explicit time encoding
  • The neural basis of time perception in developmental age
  • Differences in time perception in young and elderly people
  • Time in different modalities
  • New applications of our knowledge on time


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 1706373
  • - Editorial

The Neurobiology of Time Processing

Francesca Frassinetti | Marinella Cappelletti | Domenica Bueti
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 1678390
  • - Research Article

Visual Timing of Structured Dance Movements Resembles Auditory Rhythm Perception

Yi-Huang Su | Elvira Salazar-López
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 2716036
  • - Research Article

Hemispatial Neglect Shows That “Before” Is “Left”

Mario Bonato | Arnaud Saj | Patrik Vuilleumier
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 1867270
  • - Research Article

Age-Related Effects on Future Mental Time Travel

Filomena Anelli | Elisa Ciaramelli | ... | Francesca Frassinetti
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 2073454
  • - Research Article

Neural Network of Predictive Motor Timing in the Context of Gender Differences

Pavel Filip | Jan Lošák | ... | Martin Bareš
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3495075
  • - Research Article

Prismatic Adaptation Induces Plastic Changes onto Spatial and Temporal Domains in Near and Far Space

Ivan Patané | Alessandro Farnè | Francesca Frassinetti
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 6890674
  • - Research Article

Systematic Underreproduction of Time Is Independent of Judgment Certainty

Martin Riemer | Darren Rhodes | Thomas Wolbers
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3052741
  • - Research Article

The Role of Perspective in Mental Time Travel

Caterina Ansuini | Andrea Cavallo | ... | Cristina Becchio
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