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December 4, 2017

How the brain keeps time

Neuroscientists discover networks of neurons that stretch or compress their activity to control timing.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Timing is critical for playing a musical instrument, swinging a baseball bat, and many other activities. Neuroscientists have come up with several models of how the brain achieves its exquisite control over timing, the most prominent being that there is a centralized clock, or pacemaker, somewhere in the brain that keeps time for the entire brain.