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    Mapping the origins of time: Scalar errors in infant time estimation

    Addyman, Caspar and Rocha, S. and Mareschal, Denis (2014) Mapping the origins of time: Scalar errors in infant time estimation. Developmental Psychology 50 (8), pp. 2030-2035. ISSN 0012-1649.

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    Time is central to any understanding of the world. In adults, estimation errors grow linearly with the length of the interval, much faster than would be expected of a clock-like mechanism. Here we present the first direct demonstration that this is also true in human infants. Using an eye-tracking paradigm, we examined 4-, 6-, 10-, and 14-month-olds' responses to the omission of a recurring target, on either a 3- or 5-s cycle. At all ages (a) both fixation and pupil dilation measures were time locked to the periodicity of the test interval, and (b) estimation errors grew linearly with the length of the interval, suggesting that trademark interval timing is in place from 4 months.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): interval timing, time perception, infancy
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Educational Neuroscience, Centre for, Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2014 09:59
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:12


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