The Effects of Time Pressure on Duration Discrimination

  • Michelangelo Flückiger


The study of reactions to periodic changes of duration in events that constitute event sequences is essential for the understanding of man’s capacity to adapt to the flow of time. Most studies on the perception and discrimination of temporal durations are based, however, on single presentation paradigms of events (Allan, 1979; Macar, 1985, chapter 7 of the present volume). Many experimental variations on that theme have been used to address specific questions and all psychophysical studies adopting this approach share the basic tenet that the psychological mechanisms responsible for the processing of time can be satisfactorily investigated under static conditions. In comparison with these studies the principal results obtained with a repetitive presentation paradigm show a, by now well established, shift in differential sensitivity for duration (Michon, 1964; Fraisse, 1967). Somehow the repetition of stimulus intervals must therefore have a special effect on perceived duration.


Time Pressure Differential Sensitivity Discriminal Information Duration Discrimination Duration Judgment 
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