Timing of Behavior

Neural, Psychological, and Computational Perspectives

Athletes and musicians demonstrate the levels to which humans can ascend in the timing of behavior. But even common actions, such as opening a door or bringing a cup to one's lips, reveal how we organize our behavior temporally. When there is damage to the nervous system and the ability to time behavior breaks down, we become aware of how many things must go right for timing not to go terribly wrong. In recent years, there has been a considerable growth of interest among cognitive and brain scientists in the timing aspects of human behavior. This volume presents cutting-edge research on the production, perception, and memory of timed events. Empirical chapters discuss a variety of tasks ranging from locomotion to finger-tapping. Theoretical chapters provide quantitative models for topics as diverse as eyeblink conditioning and posture during walking. Other chapters discuss the neuroanatomical bases of timing behavior.

Contributors: Lorraine G. Allan, Eric L. Amazeen, Polemnia G. Amazeen, Heather Jane Barnes, Steven Boker, Darlene H. Brunzell, June-Seek Choi, Russell M. Church, Charles E. Collyer, Christopher Connolly, Frederick J. Diedrich, John Gibbon, Roderic Grupen, Kathleen Y. Haaland, Deborah L. Harrington, Kjeldy Haugsjaa, Kenneth G. Holt, John J. Jeka, Bruce A. Kay, Michael Kubovy, Tiffany Mattson, Warren Meck, John W. Moore, Trevor Penney, Bruno H. Repp, David A. Rosenbaum, Kamal Souccar, Michael T. Turvey, Jonathan Vaughan, William H. Warren, Jr.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword

    Alan M. Wing

  2. Preface
  3. 1. Predictive Timing under Temporal Uncertainty: The Time Derivative Model of the Conditioned Response

    John W. Moore, June-Seek Choi and Darlene H. Brunzell

  4. 2. Sequencing and Timing Operations of the Basal Ganglia

    Deborah L. Harrington and Kathleen Y. Haaland

  5. 3. Interresponse Intervals in Continuation Tapping

    Charles E. Collyer and Russell M. Church

  6. 4. Touching Surfaces for Control, Not Support

    John J. Jeka

  7. 5. The Perception of Segmentation in Sequences: Local Information Provides the Building Blocks for Global Structure

    Steven M. Boker and Michael Kubovy

  8. 6. Musical Motion in Perception and Performance

    Bruno H. Repp

  9. 7. Concurrent Processing during Sequenced Finger Tapping

    Heather Jane Barnes

  10. 8. Memory Mixing in Duration Bisection

    Trevor B. Penney, Lorraine G. Allan, Warren H. Meck and John Gibbon

  11. 9. The Regulation of Contact in Rhythmic Tapping

    Jonathan Vaughan, Tiffany R. Mattson and David A. Rosenbaum

  12. 10. Broadcast Theory of Timing

    David A. Rosenbaum

  13. 11. Dynamics of Human Intersegmental Coordination: Theory and Research

    Polemnia G. Amazeen, Eric L. Amazeen and Michael T. Turvey

  14. 12. Constraints in the Emergence of Preferred Locomotory Patterns

    Kenneth G. Holt

  15. 13. A Dynamical Model of the Coupling between Posture and Gait

    Bruce A. Kay and William H, Warren, Jr.

  16. 14. Dynamics of Human Gait Transitions

    Frederick J. Diedrich and William H. Warren, Jr.

  17. 15. A Computational Model for Repetitive Motion

    Kjeldy A. Haugsjaa, Kamal Souccar, Christopher I. Connolly and Roderic A. Grupen

  18. Contributors
  19. Author Index
  20. Subject Index