Neurocognitive aspects of timing and sensorimotor synchronization



The article presents a review of the neurocognitive studies of time perception, timing, and sensorimotor synchronization. These fundamental abilities of humans and animals are an essential component of many cognitive processes: speech, memory, attention, planning, and forecasting. Violations of the processes of timing and sensorimotor integration and synchronization accompany some disorders in the motor and cognitive spheres: speech and language problems, autism, ADHD, neurodegenerative diseases, memory disorders. Many brain structures are involved in the implementation of timing processes: motor cortex, cerebellum, basal ganglia, some brain stem structures. The emotional valence and arousal of stimuli change the subjective perception of their duration. It is important to note the positive role of training time and rhythm perception and movements to rhythmic sounds and music in the rehabilitation process.

General Information

Keywords: timing, time perception, sensorimotor synchronization, tapping, cognitive functions, emotions.

Journal rubric: Neurosciences and Cognitive Studies

Article type: review article


For citation: Kovaleva A.V. Neurocognitive aspects of timing and sensorimotor synchronization [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2020. Vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 82–92. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2020090207. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Anastasia V. Kovaleva, PhD in Biology, Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Physiology of Human Functional States, P.K. Anokhin Research Institute of Normal Physiology, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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