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
Date Written: January 4, 2012
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
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