Comparing the Accuracy of Motor Reproduction and Timeline Estimation Methods for Interval Timing in Children

In: Timing & Time Perception
Quentin Hallez Laboratoire Développement, Individu, Processus, Handicap, Éducation (DIPHE), Institut de Psychologie, Université Lumière Lyon 2, 5 avenue Pierre Mendès France, 69500 Bron, France

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This brief report aims to compare the performance of motor reproduction and timeline estimation tasks in two groups of children aged 5–6 and 7–8 years old. The study included 80 children and used a computer-based experiment with two sessions for each method. The findings suggest that motor reproduction and timeline estimation tasks differ in accuracy and variability, with timeline estimation yielding more accurate and less variable estimates. These differences between the two tasks are even more pronounced in younger children. The discussion highlights the importance of using the timeline estimation task for future research on children’s time perception.

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