Temporal Cognition

Principal Investigator | LINE staff implicated | Collaborators | Overview | Representative Publications | Financial Support

Principal Investigator

LINE staff implicated

Current staff

Past staff

  • Tatiana Kénel-Pierre (MS student)
  • Paolo Salvioni (MD student)
  • Lysiann Kalmbach (MS student)


  • Dr. Ryota Kanai (ICN,UCL, London)
  • Dr. Nicola Binetti (ICN,UCL, London)
  • Dr.Emiliano Macaluso (Neuroimging Lab, Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome)
  • Prof. Mara Cercignani (University of Sussex)
  • Prof. Fabrizio Doricchi (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Rome)
  • Prof. Micah Murray (LINE CHUV-UNIL & EEG Brain Mapping Core CIBM)


Time has a profound impact on our life, most of our actions and our perceptions depend on how accurately we represent the temporal properties of the environment. However compared to other fields of cognitive neuroscience such as spatial cognition or attention, not a lot is known yet about how the human mind masters time. For me, this question is fascinating. Therefore, all my work focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms and the cognitive architectures subserving human abilities to perceive, represent, and manipulate information about time.

Using psychophysical methods, neuroimaging, electrophysiology and magnetic stimulation techniques in humans, Dr. Bueti's work on this topic addresses three main general questions. 1. What is the functional architecture of temporal mechanisms? Is there a signature in the human brain of chronotopic representation? Is this representation modulated by attention and/or learning? 2. What is the specific functional contribution of modality-specific cortices in temporal computations? How is time represented in visual and auditory cortices? 3. What is the functional relationship between modality-specific and modality-independent timing areas? What are the functional dynamics and the temporal hierarchies within timing networks?

Representative Publications

  • Salvioni P, Murray MM, Kalmbach L, Bueti D. How the visual brain encodes and keeps track of time. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(30), 12423-12429.
  • Bueti D, Lasaponara S, Cercignani M, Macaluso E Learning about Time: Plastic Changes and Interindividual Brain Differences, Neuron 75, 725–737.
  • Bueti D, Bahrami B, Walsh V, Rees G. (2010). Encoding of temporal probabilities in the human brain. Journal of Neuroscience 30, 4343-4352.


Financial Support

  • The Italian Ministry of Health (Grant RF-10.091 to Domenica Bueti)
  • The Swiss National Science Foundation (Grants #3100B0-133136 and 320030_149982 to Micah M. Murray)



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