Your brain banks on two clocks to anticipate future

Nov 23, 2018, 8:23 AM EST
(Source: Mike Schinkel/flickr)
(Source: Mike Schinkel/flickr)

Your upbeat moves in a football match stem from a precise anticipation of what’s about to be thrown at you. This anticipatory timing – the knowledge of when to make a move- arises from brain relying on two neural “clocks” – one is memories from the past experiences and the second is rhythm.

A recent research at New University of California, Berkeley, challenges the long-standing notion that all our timing needs are handled by a single brain system, instead suggesting that the brain has evolved in two different ways to anticipate the future, notes Science Daily.

The study, which analyzed the anticipatory timing of people with dementia, also states that if one of these internal clocks goes out of order, theoretically the other can step in, writes Mail Online.

 

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