Temporal binding and the neural correlates of sensory awareness

  title={Temporal binding and the neural correlates of sensory awareness},
  author={Andreas Karl Engel and Wolf Singer},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  • A. EngelW. Singer
  • Published 1 January 2001
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences

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