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Neural bases for individual differences in the subjective experience of short durations (less than 2 seconds)

Tipples, Jason; Brattan, Victoria; Johnston, Pat


Jason Tipples

Victoria Brattan

Pat Johnston


The current research was designed to establish whether individual differences in timing performance predict neural activation in the areas that subserve the perception of short durations ranging between 400 and 1600 milliseconds. Seventeen participants completed both a temporal bisection task and a control task, in a mixed fMRI design. In keeping with previous research, there was increased activation in a network of regions typically active during time perception including the right supplementary motor area (SMA) and right pre-SMA and basal ganglia (including the putamen and right pallidum). Furthermore, correlations between neural activity in the right inferior frontal gyrus and SMA and timing performance corroborate the results of a recent meta-analysis and are further evidence that the SMA forms part of a neural clock that is responsible for the accumulation of temporal information. Specifically, subjective lengthening of the perceived duration were associated with increased activation in both the right SMA (and right pre-SMA) and right inferior frontal gyrus.


Tipples, J., Brattan, V., & Johnston, P. (2013). Neural bases for individual differences in the subjective experience of short durations (less than 2 seconds). PLoS ONE, 8(1), e54669.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2013
Online Publication Date Jan 16, 2013
Publication Date Jan 16, 2013
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal PLoS ONE
Print ISSN 1932-6203
Electronic ISSN 1932-6203
Publisher Public Library of Science
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 1
Article Number e54669
Pages e54669
Keywords General Biochemistry; Genetics and Molecular Biology; General Agricultural and Biological Sciences; General Medicine
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Contract Date Nov 13, 2014


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© 2013 Tipples et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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