Effect of Task Length on Remembered and Predicted Duration

Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 202-207, 2008

6 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2012

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Michael M. Roy

Elizabethtown College - Department of Psychology

Nicholas Christenfeld

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Date Written: January 4, 2012

Abstract

Vierordt’s (1868) law states that when estimating the duration of a previous task, people overestimate short durations and underestimate long ones. We examine whether this same pattern holds for remembered and predicted duration for tasks lasting between 1 and 15 min. In support of Vierordt’s law and its extension to future duration estimates, task duration tended to be overestimated for short tasks (less than 2 min) and underestimated for long tasks for both remembered and predicted duration.

Keywords: time, memory, bias, duration, prediction

Suggested Citation

Roy, Michael M. and Christenfeld, Nicholas, Effect of Task Length on Remembered and Predicted Duration (January 4, 2012). Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 202-207, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1979452

Michael M. Roy (Contact Author)

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Nicholas Christenfeld

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

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La Jolla, CA 92093-0112
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