From physical time to the first and second moments of psychological time

Authors: Grondin, Simon
Abstract: After examination of the status of time in experimental psychology and a review of related major texts, 2 opposite approaches are presented in which time is either unified or fragmented. Unified time perception views, usually guided by Weber's law, are embodied in various models. After a brief review of old models and a description of the major contemporary models of time perception, views on fragmented time perception are presented as challenges for any unified time view. Fragmentation of psychological time emerges from (a) disruptions of the Weber function, which are caused by the types of interval presentation, by extensive practice, and by counting explicitly or not; and (b) modulations of time sensitivity and perceived duration by attention and interval structures. Weber's law is a useful guide for studying psychological time, but it is also reasonable to assume that more than one so-called central timekeeper could contribute to perceiving time.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 January 2001
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 127 (1), 22–44 (2001)
Alternative version: 10.1037/0033-2909.127.1.22
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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