Faster is briefer : the symbolic meaning of speed influences time perception

Authors: Mioni, Giovanna; Zakay, Dan; Grondin, Simon
Abstract: The present study investigates how the symbolic meaning of the stimuli presented for marking time intervals affects perceived duration. Participants were engaged in a time bisection task in which they were first trained with two standard durations, 400 ms and 1600 ms, and then asked to judge if the following temporal intervals were closer to the short or to the long standard. Stimuli were images of vehicles representing speed, with a motorbike representing fastness and a bicycle representing slowness. Results showed that presenting images with different speed meanings affects time perception: an image representing a fast object, the motorbike, leads to shorter perceived time than presenting an image representing a slower object, the bicycle. This finding is attributed to an impact on the memory mechanism involved in the processing of temporal information. -- Keywords : Symbolic meaning of speed . Time perception . Bisection task
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 5 March 2015
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Vol. 22 (5), 1285–1291 (2015)
Alternative version: 10.3758/s13423-015-0815-6
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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