Timing in neurobiological processes: from genes to behaviour

Issue compiled and edited by Valter Tucci, Catalin Buhusi, Randy Gallistel and Warren Meck

Timing is a fundamental property of many biological systems. Recent technological advances in neuroscience, molecular and cellular biology, genomics and many other “–omics” promote, instead, a new challenge into the investigation of brain mechanisms: to capture the dynamics of processes that change systematically as a function of time. Although many mechanisms within the organism rely on well-defined timed processes, there is limited cross-talk among disciplines that investigate timing at different levels and on different time scales. For this reason, it has become necessary to promote a cross-disciplinary investigation with the goal of understanding temporal dynamics within the brain and how these timed processes, ultimately, control and modulate behaviour and cognition. The papers in this special issue address specific questions about timing at the genetic, epigenetic, cellular, network, behavioural and computational levels.

 

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