@jhawkins Could you explain what precise timing should look like? I also have a few questions.
My first question is how matrix cells encode timing (ramping activity, more/less cells activating, or maybe different cells active at each moment?) My second question is whether the goal is to track time since an input or until an expected input.
I'm also wondering what are the differences in precise timing for sensory input versus precise timing for behavior, if you don't mind commenting about that.
If you haven't watched it, Jeff Hawkins talks about precise timing in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHUvUflFR7w
I have notes on some of the sources I'll list in this (messy) google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ySuL-qf6hHSH7Iw8THLFMy21pV_q6KzRmsnv60dD480/edit?usp=sharing
I don't know of any sources specifically about precise timing, so you might have to incorporate information from multiple sources and do some hypothesizing. A possible starting point is researching the thalamus, especially matrix cells and higher order thalamus.
For precise timing related to sensory input, I don't know of any good sources.
If you are interested in precise timing related to behavior, these articles could help:
"Anticipatory activity in the human thalamus is predictive of reaction times" (Nikulin et al.)
"Simultaneous Top-down Modulation of the Primary Somatosensory Cortex and Thalamic Nuclei during Active Tactile Discrimination" (Pais-Vieira et al.) This might seem irrelevant to precise timing, but precise timing for behavior might be a predictive signal because behavior is usually planned tens or hundreds of milliseconds in advance, sometimes much longer.
Presaccadic predictive activity:
"Division of labor in frontal eye field neurons during presaccadic remapping of visual receptive fields" (Shin and Sommer, 2012) (Also mentions saccadic suppression.)
"The time course of perisaccadic receptive field shifts in the lateral intraparietal area of the money" (Kusunoki and Goldberg, 2002)
"What the brain stem tells the frontal cortex. I. Oculomotor signals sent from superior colliculus to frontal eye field via mediodorsal thalamus" (Sommer and Wurtz, 2004)
"Neurons in the monkey superior colliculus predict the visual result of impending saccadic eye movements" (Walker, Fitzgibbon, and Goldberg, 1995)
"Thalamic pathways for active vision" (Wurtz et al., 2011, a review)
Separating behavior-induced visual movement from actual object movement:
Unfortunately, I only know of sources about touch, mostly about the rodent whisking system. I can give you a quick overview of the whisking system, if you want.
"Feedforward motor information enhances somatosensory responses and sharpens angular tuning of rat S1 barrel cortex neurons" (Khateb, Jackie Schiller, and Yitzhak Schiller, 2017)
"Vibrissa Self-Motion and Touch Are Reliably Encoded along the Same Somatosensory Pathway from Brainstem through Thalamus" (Moore et al., 2014)
"A disinhibitory circuit mediates motor integration in the somatosensory cortex" (Lee et al., 2013)
"Active sensation: insights from the rodent vibrissa sensorimotor system" (Kleinfeld, Ahissar, and Diamond, 2006, an opinion article)
"Reducing the Uncertainty: Gating of Peripheral Inputs by Zona Incerta" (Trageser and Keller, 2004)
Some random things I've read which might be relevant:
Saccadic suppression is partially because saccades produce blurred images. Presaccadic predictive remapping (which I think is the anticipatory excitation you mention) occurs in V1, but weakly, perhaps just because of small receptive fields.