BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

    Unifying prospective and retrospective interval-time estimation: a fading-gaussian activation-based model of interval-timing

    French, R.M. and Addyman, Caspar and Mareschal, Denis and Thomas, E. (2014) Unifying prospective and retrospective interval-time estimation: a fading-gaussian activation-based model of interval-timing. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 126 , pp. 141-150. ISSN 1877-0428.

    9556.pdf - Published Version of Record
    Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

    Download (4MB) | Preview


    Hass and Hermann (2012) have shown that only variance-based processes will lead to the scalar growth of error that is characteristic of human time judgments. Secondly, a major meta-review of over one hundred studies (Block et al., 2010) reveals a striking interaction between the way in which temporal judgments are queried and cognitive load on participants’ judgments of interval duration. For retrospective time judgments, estimates under high cognitive load are longer than under low cognitive load. For prospective judgments, the reverse pattern holds, with increased cognitive load leading to shorter estimates. We describe GAMIT, a Gaussian spreading-activation model, in which the sampling rate of an activation trace is differentially affected by cognitive load. The model unifies prospective and retrospective time estimation, normally considered separately, by relating them to the same underlying process. The scalar property of time estimation arises naturally from the model dynamics and the model shows the appropriate interaction between mode of query and cognitive load.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Interval-timing, Activation-based model, Time perception, Retrospective and prospective timing
    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: 09 Apr 2014 14:43
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:10


    Activity Overview
    6 month trend
    6 month trend

    Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.

    Archive Staff Only (login required)

    Edit/View Item Edit/View Item