Prospective duration judgments: The role of temporality and executive demands of concurrent tasks

Duzcu H., Hohenberger A.

ACTA PSYCHOLOGICA, vol.147, pp.34-41, 2014 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 147
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.10.005
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.34-41
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


It is known that concurrent non-temporal tasks shorten reproduced temporal durations in prospective duration judgments. Two experiments were carried out, one comparing a concurrent temporal task to a minimally demanding concurrent task (Experiment 1) and one comparing an executive concurrent (Simon) task with a less demanding non-executive concurrent task (Experiment 2). An effect of the concurrent task type on temporal reproductions was found. Furthermore, a duration length effect was found, where longer durations were underestimated more than shorter durations. This effect tended to be stronger for the experiments that included a concurrent task that demanded high attention. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.