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?