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Measuring the Mind: Speed, control, and age$
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John Duncan, Louise Phillips, and Peter McLeod

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198566427

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566427.001.0001

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The wrong tree: time perception and time experience in the elderly

The wrong tree: time perception and time experience in the elderly

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(p.137) Chapter 6 The wrong tree: time perception and time experience in the elderly
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Measuring the Mind: Speed, control, and age
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John H. Wearden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566427.003.0006

The chapter discusses age-related differences in timing obtained under prospective timing conditions, and in particular the question of whether observed changes in timing with increasing age can be related to the idea that humans possess an internal clock, the rate of which ‘slows down’ with ageing. Studies of prospective timing also fail to capture many aspects of subjective time experience in the elderly. The chapter suggests studies of retrospective timing, where people judge the duration of an event retrospectively without being previously alerted that time was important, or passage-of-time judgements, where people make subjective judgements of ‘how fast or slow’ time seems to pass in different situations, as possible future avenues of research that may help to bridge the gap between laboratory studies of timing and the daily-life changes in time experience which people report as they get older.

Keywords:   internal clock, prospective timing, subjective time experience, retrospective timing

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