The article is based on an invited review for a special issue of Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences on 'Interval timing and skill learning: The Multisensory representation of time and action'. The issue is scheduled to be out in April 2016, and brings together a diverse set of experts in the field, so do keep an eye out for it.
The arXiv article is in its unedited form, as originally submitted to Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences (except for the additional abstract required for arXiv articles and the disclaimer) and provides a summary of recent research in the field of timing and time perception. My original intention was to write a review on 'Auditory perception and Timing'. However, I ended up writing a personal opinion piece that includes a citation-based analysis (based on Google Scholar) and a 140 character summary of the most prominent papers on timing in the last ten years (see Table). My submission was rejected, and understandably so, for it did not meet the specific criteria required of any review article in the Current Opinion series of journals.
I have uploaded the article for open access on arXiv for I think that such an overview of the field based on certain measures of research impact may be highly relevant and useful for any new student/investigator in the field, who is often at a loss for navigating through the vast ocean of papers that have been published already and that are being churned out every day. I am now very interested in improving the kind of approach used here, and work on data-based reviews to provide an objective view of the most significant and impactful results, research trends and active or "hot" topics of interest within a particular area of research.
I welcome any suggestions, feedback and criticisms (using the comments section below) on this kind of approach to 'mine' significant results and trends and provide an impact-based summary of progress in the field.
The abstract of the article is reproduced below:
Time is an important dimension of brain function, but little is still known about the underlying cognitive principles and neurobiological mechanisms. The field of timing and time perception has witnessed rapid growth and multidisciplinary interest in the recent years with the advent of modern neuroimaging, neurophysiological and optogenetic tools. In this article, I review the literature from the last ten years (2005-2015) using a data mining approach and highlight the most significant empirical as well as review articles based on the number of citations (a minimum of 100 citations). Such analysis provides a unique perspective on the current state-of-the-art in the field and highlights subtopics in the field that have received considerable attention, and those that have not. The aim of the article is to present an objective summary of the current progress in the field of timing and time perception and provide a valuable and accessible resource summarizing the most cited articles for new as well current investigators in the field.
The article can be downloaded at this link:
and cited as below:
Teki S (2015) Observations on recent progress in the field of timing and time perception.
arXiv preprint arXiv:1512.00058.