Temporal production and visuospatial processing

Francesca Benuzzi, Gianpaolo Basso, Paolo Nichelli

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Current models of prospective timing hypothesize that estimated duration is influenced either by the attentional load or by the short-term memory requirements of a concurrent nontemporal task. In the present study, we addressed this issue with four dual-task experiments. In Exp. 1, the effect of memory load on both reaction time and temporal production was proportional to the number of items of a visuospatial pattern to hold in memory. In Exps. 2, 3, and 4, a temporal production task was combined with two visual search tasks involving either pre-attentive or attentional processing. Visual tasks interfered with temporal production: produced intervals were lengthened proportionally to the display size. In contrast, reaction times increased with display size only when a serial, effortful search was required. It appears that memory and perceptual set size, rather than nonspecific attentional or short-term memory load, can influence prospective timing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)737-758
Number of pages22
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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