In 2017 I started studying time perception in the Temporal Cognition Lab of Hedderik van Rijn at the department of Cognitive/Experimental Psychology of the University of Groningen. We aim to answer questions about how our brain is able to keep track of time (in the second-minutes range). We design experiments (try one here!), collect neurophysiological data (EEG, fMRI) and do sophisticated analyses, mostly on healthy participants. The results of these studies are published in peer reviewed journals and will lead to a dissertation.
Changes in body temperature could influence the way our brain functions. We wanted to learn if elevated core body temperature leads too a speed up of temporal processing and therefore influences choice behavior under deadlines. We found out that temperature plays an important role in decision-making under time pressure.
Time perception is often studied in artificial laboratory conditions; a participant sits in front of a screen and is asked to judge time intervals or press buttons for very specific durations. We are sometimes faced with participants who are not that motivated to do our experiments. In this study, I analysed a large set of replays from the popular online real-time strategy game StarCraft2. Players of that game know very well how to exploit temporal regularities of the Queen Inject ability. Good estimation of how much time has passed is advantageous for them, and this dataset therefore provides a unique way to study time perception! In 2019 I Presented a poster at Timing Research Forum about this project. Read more about it on my OSF repository.
Attention Perception and Psychophysics published an article written by me, Atser, Niels and Hedderik! It’s about the way people are aware of their own impreciseness when trying to time a short interval, and use this awareness to optimize their behavior.
In this project I contribute to knowledge about how we use time perception in tasks where being on time really matters for participants. It turns out that being careful about being exactly on time has similar properties to being precise in other types of decisions.
Want to try the type of experiment I use? Try one here!
I wrote a post for Mindwise, the blog platform of the Department of Psychology of the University of Groningen. Read about it on Mindwise!
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