Interval discrimination across different duration ranges with a look at spatial compatibility and context effects

Authors: Mioni, Giovanna; Stablum, Franca; Grondin, Simon
Abstract: In the present study, a time discrimination task was used to investigate the effect of different contexts for intervals varying from 400 to 1600 ms. A potential time-space interaction was controlled, and participants used both manual responses (Experiments 1 and 2) and vocal responses (Experiment 3). Three ranges of durations were employed (short, middle and long), and within each range condition, three standard values were used (400, 700, and 1000 ms; 700, 1000, and 1300 ms; and 1000, 1300, and 1600 ms). Within each range, standard intervals were randomized (Experiments 1 and 3) or remained constant (Experiment 2) within a block of trials. Our results suggest that context influences time discrimination performances only when the temporal range under investigation is below 1300 ms and the temporal intervals varied within blocks. In the case of temporal intervals longer than 1300 ms, participants presented a tendency to respond “long” independently of the procedure used. Moreover, our results suggested that performances in a discrimination task are mainly influenced by the fact of varying standard durations within blocks, and not much by the time-space compatibility. -- Keywords : time discrimination, context effect, spatial compatibility, temporal intervals, manual responses, verbal responses
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 8 July 2014
Open Access Date: 14 March 2016
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 5 (2014)
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Alternative version: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00717
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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