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Similar time distortions under the effect of emotion for durations of several minutes and a few seconds.

Authors
  • Droit-Volet, Sylvie1
  • El-Azhari, Ahmed2
  • Haddar, Samuel2
  • Drago, Rémi2
  • Gil, Sandrine3
  • 1 Université Clermont Auvergne, CNRS, UMR 6024, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Electronic address: [email protected] , (France)
  • 2 Université Clermont Auvergne, CNRS, UMR 6024, Clermont-Ferrand, France. , (France)
  • 3 Université de Poitiers, CNRS, UMR 7295, Poitiers, France. , (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta psychologica
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2020
Volume
210
Pages
103170–103170
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2020.103170
PMID: 32889493
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study examined the effect of emotion on the judgment of durations of several minutes compared with that of durations of a few seconds. Three experiments were performed on the temporal judgment of emotional stimuli lasting from 2 s to 6 min (Experiment 1) or from 2 to 6 min (Experiment 2 and 3). These involved emotional sounds (Experiment 1 and 2) or virtual reality emotional films (Experiment 3). The results showed an increase in the lengthening of the perceived duration as the level of arousal and negative valence of the emotional stimuli increased, both for the long durations of several minutes and for the shorter durations. However, the magnitude of the time distortion tended to decrease as the length of the duration increased because the affects experienced by the participants lost their intensity over time. Nonetheless, when the exposure to emotional stimuli was limited and the stimuli were sufficiently arousing, as in Experiments 2 and 3, people overestimated time across durations ranging from seconds to minutes. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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