Human brain activity time-locked to perceptual event boundaries

Jeffrey M. Zacks*, Todd S. Braver, Margaret A. Sheridan, David I. Donaldson, Abraham Z. Snyder, John M. Ollinger, Randy L. Buckner, Marcus E. Raichle

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Temporal structure has a major role in human understanding of everyday events. Observers are able to segment ongoing activity into temporal parts and sub-parts that are reliable, meaningful and correlated with ecologically relevant features of the action. Here we present evidence that a network of brain regions is tuned to perceptually salient event boundaries, both during intentional event segmentation and during naive passive viewing of events. Activity within this network may provide a basis for parsing the temporally evolving environment into meaningful units.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-655
Number of pages5
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2001


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