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Attention and Time$
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Anna C. Nobre and Jennifer T. Coull

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563456.001.0001

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Mental timing and the central attentional bottleneck

Mental timing and the central attentional bottleneck

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(p.123) Chapter 9 Mental timing and the central attentional bottleneck
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Attention and Time
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Eric Ruthruff

Harold Pashler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563456.003.0009

This chapter evaluates the mental time estimation hypothesis which proposes that timing might be subject to a discrete central attentional bottleneck and timing cannot take place until certain operations have finished. The chapter reviews the evidence for a central attentional bottleneck and discusses its relevance to the study of timing under conditions of divided attention. The findings refute the suggestion that timing is wholly subject to the same discrete central bottleneck as other types of effortful mental processes.

Keywords:   mental timing, time estimation, attentional bottleneck, divided attention, mental processes

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