Time, Emotion and the Embodiment of Timing

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The past few decades have seen an explosion in studies exploring the effects of emotion on time judgments. The aim of this review is to describe the results of these studies and to look at how they try to explain the time distortions produced by emotion. We begin by examining the findings on time judgments in affective disorders, which allow us to make a clear distinction between the feelings of time distortion that originate from introspection onto subjective personal experience, and the effects of emotion on the basic mechanisms involved in time perception. We then report the results of behavioral studies that have tested the effects of emotions on time perceptions and the temporal processing of different emotional stimuli (e.g. facial expressions, affective pictures or sounds). Finally, we describe our own studies of the embodiment of timing. Overall, the different results on time and emotion suggest that temporal distortions are an indicator of how our brain and body adapt to the dynamic structure of our environment.

Time, Emotion and the Embodiment of Timing

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    Psychometric function for fear, sadness and neutral. Proportion of long responses plotted against comparison durations (ms) for the bisection task before and after viewing the emotional or the neutral films in the 200/400 and the 800/1600-ms duration range.

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    Proportion of long responses plotted against comparison durations (ms) for the trials without sound, and with an aversive and a nonaversive sound in the 400/800-ms and the 800/1600-ms duration range.

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    Different emotional stimuli used for the same emotion of disgust: face expressing disgust, illustration of IAPS-like disgust scene, disgusting food. This figure is published in color in the online version.

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    Proportion of long responses plotted against comparison durations (ms) for the pictures of 3 body postures depicting a man who is (1) standing up, (2) walking and (3) running in the 100/400-ms and the 200/800-ms duration range.


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