DOI: 10.14704/nq.2018.16.10.1756

Neural Recruitment, Information Processing and the Equation for Subjective Time

Rajat Kumar Pradhan, Asima Tripathy


Retrospective and Prospective subjective duration estimate experiments reveal that the perceived time duration is in general different from the external objective interval depending on factors such as attention and psychopathological conditions etc. We derive an equation for subjective time to explain its variation with objective time incorporating the role of neural recruitment and the rate of information processing in the brain. The role of attention is included via an attention function defined to have a maximum value one and a minimum zero. A centralized timing resulting from integration of distributed timings in different neural assemblies comes out as a possibility.


neural recruitment, neural information processing, subjective time, attention, time perception, Objective time

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