Timing and Time Perception: Procedures, Measures, & Applications

Timing and Time Perception: Procedures, Measures, and Applications is a one-of-a-kind, collective effort to present the most utilized and known methods on timing and time perception. Specifically, it covers methods and analysis on circadian timing, synchrony perception, reaction/response time, time estimation, and alternative methods for clinical/developmental research. The book includes experimental protocols, programming code, and sample results and the content ranges from very introductory to more advanced so as to cover the needs of both junior and senior researchers. We hope that this will be the first step in future efforts to document experimental methods and analysis both in a theoretical and in a practical manner.

Contributors are: Patricia V. Agostino, Rocío Alcalá-Quintana, Fuat Balcı, Karin Bausenhart, Richard Block, Ivana L. Bussi, Carlos S. Caldart, Mariagrazia Capizzi, Xiaoqin Chen, Ángel Correa, Massimiliano Di Luca, Céline Z. Duval, Mark T. Elliott, Dagmar Fraser, David Freestone, Miguel A. García-Pérez, Anne Giersch, Simon Grondin, Nori Jacoby, Florian Klapproth, Franziska Kopp, Maria Kostaki, Laurence Lalanne, Giovanna Mioni, Trevor B. Penney, Patrick E. Poncelet, Patrick Simen, Ryan Stables, Rolf Ulrich, Argiro Vatakis, Dominic Ward, Alan M. Wing, Kieran Yarrow, and Dan Zakay.
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Open Access

Biographical Note

Argiro Vatakis, Ph.D. (2007, Oxford University) is a Researcher at the Cognitive Systems Research Institute, Greece. She is the co-founder of the Timing Research Forum and co-editor-in-chief of the journals Timing & Time Perception and Timing & Time Perception: Reviews.

Fuat Balcı, Ph.D. (2007, Rutgers University) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Koç University, Turkey. He has published extensive theoretical and empirical work on interval timing and decision making in humans and animals.

Massimiliano Di Luca, Ph.D. (2006, Brown University) is a Research Scientist at Oculus and Lecturer in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham. He has published journal and conference articles on computational models of multisensory integration, time perception, VR, and haptics.

Ángel Correa, Ph.D. (2005, University of Granada) is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Ergonomics at Universidad de Granada, Spain. His research focuses on time perception, attention, and circadian rhythms in humans.

Table of contents

Preface vii
List of Illustrations ix

1 Circadian Timing: From Genetics to Behavior 1
Patricia V. Agostino, Ivana L. Bussi and Carlos S. Caldart

2 Prospective and Retrospective Timing Processes: Theories, Methods, and Findings 32
Richard A. Block, Simon Grondin and Dan Zakay

3 Assessing Duration Discrimination: Psychophysical Methods and Psychometric Function Analysis 52
Karin M. Bausenhart, Massimiliano Di Luca and Rolf Ulrich

4 Methodological Issues in the Study of Prospective Timing 79
Giovanna Mioni

5 Duration Bisection: A User’s Guide 98
Trevor B. Penney and Xiaoqin Cheng

6 Temporal Decision-making: Common Procedures and Contemporary Approaches 128
David Freestone and Fuat Balci

7 Towards a Process Model of Temporal Generalization 149
Florian Klapproth

8 Reaction Time Analysis for Interval Timing Research 165
Patrick Simen

9 Analysing Multi-person Timing in Music and Movement: Event Based Methods 177
Mark T. Elliott, Dominic Ward, Ryan Stables, Dagmar Fraser, Nori Jacoby and Alan M. Wing

10 Measuring Temporal Preparation 216
Mariagrazia Capizzi and Ángel Correa

11 Temporal Order and Synchrony Judgments: A Primer for Students 233
Maria Kostaki and Argiro Vatakis

12 Perceived Temporal Order and Simultaneity: Beyond Psychometric Functions 264
Miguel A. García-Pérez and Rocío Alcalá-Quintana

13 Collecting and Interpreting Judgments about Perceived Simultaneity: A Model-Fitting Tutorial 296
Kielan Yarrow

14 Using the Simon Effect in Simultaneity/Asynchrony Discrimination Tasks: Interest, Methods, and Limits 327
Anne Giersch, Patrick E. Poncelet, Céline Z. Duval and Laurence Lalanne

15 Tracking Time in the Infant Brain 343
Franziska Kopp


All interested in the methods utilized in measuring timing and time perception with particular emphasis on graduate and postgraduate students, educators, and researchers.