4.2 Mental timing theoretical models
Analyses of the neural basis of timing have generally focused on three general computational strategies: mechanisms based on neural clocks, mechanisms based on arrays of elements that differ in terms of some temporal parameter, or mechanisms that emerge from the dynamics of neural networks. In general, these models must accomplish some variant of the same computational task. They must recode the temporal information present in an input into a spatial code. That is, in some way different cells must respond selectively to temporal features of the stimulus. For example, to discriminate differences in the duration of two stimuli, there must be differential neuronal responses to each duration.