Internal Brain Clocks

A study has revealed that the previously held belief of many neuroscientists that neural systems for processing time were controlled by a single brain system may not be correct. The study that was carried out by neuroscientists at the University of California has revealed that the brain may have a second time sensing method. The results of this interesting research showed that this second 'brain clock' senses elapsed time and that even though it works with the brains main neural clock it may also compete with it.

The human brain has a very impressive ability to detect the passage of time, this allows us to complete normal daily activities. Previous research has indicated that an area of the brain called the striatum is central to our inner clock. This area of the brain becomes active when attention is paid to the passage of time. The new reserch has indicated that a part of the brain called the hippocampus also plays an important role in our ability to process time. The Hippocampus is vital when it comes to remembering past experiences. What scientists have discovered is that awareness of elapsed time requires both the ability to measure time and the ability to remember time that has passed.


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