Spatial-temporal interactions in the human brain

Massimiliano Oliveri, Giacomo Koch, Carlo Caltagirone

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The review summarises current evidence on the cognitive mechanisms for the integration of spatial and temporal representations and of common brain structures to process the where and when of stimuli. Psychophysical experiments document the presence of spatially localised distortions of sub-second time intervals and suggest that visual events are timed by neural mechanisms that are spatially selective. On the other hand, experiments with supra-second intervals suggest that time could be represented on a mental time-line ordered from left-to-right, similar to what is reported for other ordered quantities, such as numbers. Neuroimaging and neuropsychological findings point towards the posterior parietal cortex as the main site where spatial and temporal information converge and interact with each other.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-497
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


  • Brain
  • Left hemisphere
  • Neglect
  • Parietal cortex
  • Right hemisphere
  • Space
  • Time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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