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Temporal Bisection in Children

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Children aged 3, 5, and 8 years received training on a temporal bisection task, with standard short and long durations being presented as visual stimuli lasting 1 and 4 s or 2 and 8 s. Nonstandard comparison stimuli were spaced linearly between the standards. Psychophysical functions showed increasing proportions of “long” responses (responses appropriate to the long standard) with increasing stimulus duration, but were flatter in the younger children than in the 8-year-olds. Bisection points (the stimulus duration giving rise to 50% “long” responses) were close to the arithmetic mean of the short and long standards in most conditions. Statistical analyses and results from different theoretical models of the data all suggested that temporal sensitivity was higher in the 8-year-olds than in the younger groups, even when the possibility of random responding was controlled for.

Keywords: children; scalar timing.; temporal bisection; timing behavior

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France 2: University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Publication date: October 1, 2001

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