Traveling in time: A time-left analogue for humans

J. H. Wearden

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    Two experiments studied normal humans in an analogue of the time-left procedure of J. Gibbon and R. M. Church (1981). In Experiment 1 the "standard" alternative (S) was always half the length of the "comparison" time-left link (C), and S ranged from 4 to 8 s. Humans showed an increasing preference for the time-left alternative with increasing elapsed time in the interval, and indifference points strongly supported the idea of a linear, rather than a logarithmic, time scale. Experiment 2 used some conditions in which S was greater or less than C/2, and preference for the time-left alternative varied systematically with the S/C ratio. Data from both experiments showed reasonable superposition, suggesting underlying scalar timing processes in time left in humans. Copyright 2002 by the American Psychological Association, Inc.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)200-208
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2002


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