A Study of Temporal Estimation From the Perspective of the Mental Clock Model

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M. Cardaci's (2000) Mental Clock Model maintains that a task requiring a low mental workload is associated with an acceleration of perceived time, whereas a task requiring a high mental workload is associated with a deceleration. The authors examined the predictions of this model in a musical listening condition in which musical pieces were audible in several structural complexities. To measure the effects of musical complexity on time estimation, the authors used retrospective and prospective time-estimation paradigms. For the retrospective paradigm, the authors invited participants to listen to a musical piece and then estimate its duration. For the prospective paradigm, the authors invited participants to stop the musical reproduction after a certain interval of time. Results show that the variations of musical complexity yielded the empirical effects that the Mental Clock Model predicted for both paradigms.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)117-128
Numero di pagine12
RivistaJournal of General Psychology
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2009


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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