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ERIC Number: ED077963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 28
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Polychronometry: The Study of Time Variables in Behavior.
Mackey, William Francis
There is a growing need for instrumentation which can enable us to observe and compute phenomena that take place in time. Although problems of observation, computation, interpretation and categorization vary from field to field and from problem to problem, it is possible to design an instrument for use in any situation where time-variables have to be measured as duration and frequency,. The Polychronometer is suggested for such purposes. It is essentially composed of ten paired counter-timer sets each operated by a separate key. The ten keys are set in a keyboard which is plugged into the control box, each key being designed for a different finger of the left or right hand. A few hours of practice is sufficient to give an observer proficiency in operating the key board, sufficient to adapt to the rapidity of moving events. Further work is being done to develop different polychronometric techniques for the analysis of behavior. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.