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    Time on your hands: perceived duration of sensory events is biased towards concurrent actions

    Yon, Daniel and Edey, Rosanna and Ivry, R.B. and Press, Clare (2017) Time on your hands: perceived duration of sensory events is biased towards concurrent actions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 146 (2), pp. 182-193. ISSN 0096-3445.

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    Perceptual systems must rapidly generate accurate representations of the world from sensory inputs that are corrupted by internal and external noise. We can typically obtain more veridical representations by integrating information from multiple channels, but this integration can lead to biases when inputs are, in fact, not from the same source. While a considerable amount is known about how different sources of information are combined to influence what we perceive, it is not known whether temporal features are combined. It is vital to address this question given the divergent predictions made by different models of cue combination and time perception concerning the plausibility of crossmodal temporal integration, and the implications that such integration would have for research programmes in action control and social cognition. Here we present four experiments investigating the influence of movement duration on the perceived duration of an auditory tone. Participants either explicitly (Experiments 1-2) or implicitly (Experiments 3-4) produced hand movements of shorter or longer durations, while judging the duration of a concurrently presented tone (500-950 ms in duration). Across all experiments, judgments of tone duration were attracted towards the duration of executed movements (i.e., tones were perceived to be longer when executing a movement of longer duration). Our results demonstrate that temporal information associated with movement biases perceived auditory duration, placing important constraints on theories modelling cue integration for state estimation, as well as models of time perception, action control and social cognition.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): psychology, perception, action, time perception, cue combination, sensorimotor, time, multisensory, crossmodal, motor
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Daniel Yon
    Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 13:36
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:29


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