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Effect of task length on remembered and predicted duration.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychonomic bulletin & review
Publication Date
Volume
15
Issue
1
Pages
202–207
Identifiers
PMID: 18605504
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Vierordt's (1868) law states that when estimating the duration of a previous task, people overestimate short durations and underestimate long ones. We examine whether this same pattern holds for remembered and predicted duration for tasks lasting between 1 and 15 min. In support of Vierordt's law and its extension to future duration estimates, task duration tended to be overestimated for short tasks (less than 2 min) and underestimated for long tasks for both remembered and predicted duration.

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