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ERIC Number: EJ1051741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Mapping the Origins of Time: Scalar Errors in Infant Time Estimation
Addyman, Caspar; Rocha, Sinead; Mareschal, Denis
Developmental Psychology, v50 n8 p2030-2035 Aug 2014
Time is central to any understanding of the world. In adults, estimation errors grow linearly with the length of the interval, much faster than would be expected of a clock-like mechanism. Here we present the first direct demonstration that this is also true in human infants. Using an eye-tracking paradigm, we examined 4-, 6-, 10-, and 14-month-olds' responses to the omission of a recurring target, on either a 3- or 5-s cycle. At all ages (a) both fixation and pupil dilation measures were time locked to the periodicity of the test interval, and (b) estimation errors grew linearly with the length of the interval, suggesting that trademark interval timing is in place from 4 months.
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Language: English
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