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Click trains and the rate of information processing: Does “speeding up” subjective time make other psychological processes run faster?

Jones, LA, Allely, CS and Wearden, JH 2011, 'Click trains and the rate of information processing: Does “speeding up” subjective time make other psychological processes run faster?' , The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64 (2) , pp. 363-380.

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Abstract

A series of experiments demonstrated that a 5-s train of clicks that have been shown in previous studies to increase the subjective duration of tones they precede (in a manner consistent with “speeding up” timing processes) could also have an effect on information-processing rate. Experiments used studies of simple and choice reaction time (Experiment 1), or mental arithmetic (Experiment 2). In general, preceding trials by clicks made response times significantly shorter than those for trials without clicks, but white noise had no effects on response times. Experiments 3 and 4 investigated the effects of clicks on performance on memory tasks, using variants of two classic experiments of cognitive psychology: Sperling’s (1960) iconic memory task and Loftus, Johnson, and Shimamura’s (1985) iconic masking task. In both experiments participants were able to recall or recognize signifi- cantly more information from stimuli preceded by clicks than those preceded by silence.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1747-0218
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Funders: Funder not known
Depositing User: CS Allely
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2014 17:32
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2014 16:08
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/32906

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