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Repetition, expectation, and the perception of time

Matthews, WJ and Gheorghiu, AI (2016) 'Repetition, expectation, and the perception of time.' Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 8. pp. 110-116. ISSN 2352-1546

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Prior experience with a stimulus profoundly affects how it is processed, perceived, and acted upon. One striking finding is that repeated items seem to last for less time than novel or rare ones. This link between the processing of stimulus identity and the perception of stimulus duration has important implications for theories of timing, and for broader accounts of the organization, purpose, and neural basis of perception. Here, we examine the nature and basis of the repetition effect on subjective duration. Contrary to unitary accounts which equate repetition effects with implicit expectations about forthcoming stimuli, new work suggests that first-order repetition and second-order repetition?expectations differentially affect the perception of time. We survey emerging evidence from behavioural studies of time perception and neuroscientific studies of stimulus encoding which support this view, and outline key questions for the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Available online 16 February 2016
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2016 11:30
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:40

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