The Developmental Profile of Temporal Binding: From Childhood to Adulthood

Lorimer, Sara and McCormack, Teresa and Blakey, Emma and Lagnado, David A and Hoerl, Christoph and Tecwyn, Emma C and Buehner, Marc J (2020) The Developmental Profile of Temporal Binding: From Childhood to Adulthood. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. ISSN 1747-0218

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Abstract

Temporal binding refers to a phenomenon whereby the time interval between a cause and its effect is perceived as shorter than the same interval separating two unrelated events. We examined the developmental profile of this phenomenon by comparing the performance of groups of children (aged 6-7-, 7-8-, and 9-10- years) and adults on a novel interval estimation task. In Experiment 1, participants made judgments about the time interval between i) their button press and a rocket launch, and ii) a non-causal predictive signal and rocket launch. In Experiment 2, an additional causal condition was included in which participants made judgments about the interval between an experimenter’s button press and the launch of a rocket. Temporal binding was demonstrated consistently and did not change in magnitude with age: estimates of delay were shorter in causal contexts for both adults and children. Additionally, the magnitude of the binding effect was greater when participants themselves were the cause of an outcome compared to when they were mere spectators. This suggests that although causality underlies the binding effect, intentional action may modulate its magnitude. Again, this was true of both adults and children. Taken together, these results are the first to suggest that the binding effect is present and developmentally constant from childhood into adulthood.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1747021820925075
Date: 27 April 2020
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Emma Tecwyn
Date Deposited: 01 May 2020 12:46
Last Modified: 13 May 2020 05:30
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9187

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