Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time

September 1, 2016
Dean Buonomano, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurobiology Brain Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
Dean Buonomano, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurobiology Brain Research Institute
University of California, Los Angeles
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Dean Buonomano, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and Neurobiology at the UCLA Brain Research Institute, was among the first neuroscientists to study how the brain encodes time. Throughout his career, Buonomano has explored how neurons and the brain as a whole perceive and respond to time. His studies have shown that different sets of neurons responded to shorter or longer intervals and that individuals can improve their recognition of specific time intervals. These phenomena may be explained by short-term synaptic plasticity, which allows for circuits in the brain to keep track of time. There is more research pointing towards an intrinsic model of time in which all of the circuits in the brain can tell time.

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