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Individual differences in temporal perception: The role of working memory


2009 2009

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Abstract (summary)

How attention is directed affects the perception of time, and ability to control attention is reflected in measures of working memory span. Low-span individuals have more difficulty maintaining focus on a task than high-span individuals, particularly when faced with contextual distracters. This experiment sought to determine the effect of working memory span on perception of temporal duration while performing a concurrent cognitive task. It was predicted that low-span participants would be more likely to have attention directed away from the cognitive task and towards the contextual distraction of time, and consequently, would be more accurate on monitoring time, but less accurate on the primary task. Indeed, the results show that when performing both tasks simultaneously, low-span participants were less accurate than high-span on the math task, but were more accurate on the timing task. High working memory individuals, conversely, were more accurate in the non-temporal cognitive task at the cost of monitoring duration.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Cognitive psychology
Classification
0633: Cognitive psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Attention; Time; Working memory
Title
Individual differences in temporal perception: The role of working memory
Author
Woehrle, James
Number of pages
71
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0162
Source
MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109185126
Advisor
Magliano, Joseph P.
Committee member
Millis, Keith; Weimer-Hastings, Katja
University/institution
Northern Illinois University
Department
Psychology
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1465337
ProQuest document ID
304967410
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304967410
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