The Effects of Social Pressure on Time Perception

Lavin, Phoebe (2019) The Effects of Social Pressure on Time Perception. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Matthew Reysen from Psychology, University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to determine whether the time estimate given by a participant is influenced by information they received from a partner. Participants were shown a video followed by several questions including a time estimate about how long a robber in the video was in a museum. Participants also saw answers given by their partners. Participants either saw an overestimate or underestimate given by their partner, or they received no feedback in a control condition. Following a short distraction activity, participants answered the questions again on their own. Results indicated that there was no significant effect on participant’s time estimate between the overestimate and underestimate conditions. However, participants in the overestimate and underestimate conditions performed significantly better than participants who received no feedback. Additionally, participants performed better on the remaining questions when they saw their partners answer them correctly than when they were not provided with feedback. This suggests that participants used the information they received from their partner. Overall, the results suggest receiving an inaccurate estimate of the duration of an even influences subsequent time judgments, albeit not in the predicted manner.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Lavin, Phoebe
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Psychology
Thesis Advisor: Matthew Reysen
Thesis Advisor's Department: Psychology
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Phoebe Lavin
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 04:49
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 04:49
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/1417

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