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Temporal binding and internal clocks: No evidence for general pacemaker slowing

Fereday, Richard and Buehner, Marc J. 2017. Temporal binding and internal clocks: No evidence for general pacemaker slowing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 43 (5) , pp. 971-985. 10.1037/xhp0000370

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The perception of time is distorted by many factors (e.g., arousal, temperature, age etc.), but is it possible that causality would affect our perception of time? We investigate timing changes in the temporal binding effect, which refers to a subjective shortening of the interval between actions and their outcomes. Four experiments investigated whether binding may be due to variations in the rate of an internal clock. Specifically, we asked whether binding reflects changes to a general timing system, or a dedicated clock unique to causal sequences. We developed a novel experimental paradigm (embedded interval estimation procedure) in which participants made temporal judgments of either causal or noncausal intervals, or the duration of an event embedded within that interval. Stimuli and modality were combined factorially, with interval markers and embedded events being either visual or auditory. Although we replicated the temporal binding effect, we found no evidence for commensurate changes to time perception of the embedded event, which suggests that temporal binding is effected by changes to a specific and dedicated, rather than a general clock system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 0096-1523
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 December 2016
Date of Acceptance: 5 December 2016
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2020 05:13

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