Wehrman, J and Wearden, JH (2023) Can’t catch the beat: Failure to find simple repetition effects in three types of temporal judgements. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 174702182311576 - 174702182311576. ISSN 1747-0218

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More experience results in better performance, usually. In most tasks, the more chances to learn we have, the better we are at it. This does not always appear to be the case in time perception however. In the current article, we use three different methods to investigate the role of the number of standard example durations presented on performance on three timing tasks: rhythm continuation, deviance detection, and final stimulus duration judgement. In Experiments 1a and 1b, rhythms were produced with the same accuracy whether one, two, three, or four examples of the critical duration were presented. In Experiment 2, participants were required to judge which of four stimuli had a different duration from the other three. This judgement did not depend on which of the four stimuli was the deviant one. In Experiments 3a and 3b, participants were just as accurate at judging the duration of a final stimulus in comparison to the prior stimuli regardless of the number of standards presented prior to the final stimulus. In summary, we never found any systematic effect of the number of standards presented on performance on any of the three timing tasks. In the discussion, we briefly relate these findings to three theories of time perception.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Time perception; rhythm continuation; duration deviance detection; exposure effects; scalar expectancy theory; dynamic attending theory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2023 07:57
Last Modified: 31 May 2023 12:16
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/12282

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