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Temporal order in memory and interval timing: An interference analysis

Fortin, C., Champagne, J. & Poirier, M. (2007). Temporal order in memory and interval timing: An interference analysis. Acta Psychologica, 126(1), pp. 18-33. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2006.10.002


The effect of varying load in memory tasks performed during a time interval production was examined. In a first experiment, increasing load in memory search for temporal order affected concurrent time production more strongly than varying load in a spatial memory task of equivalent difficulty. This result suggests that timing uses some specific resources also required in processing temporal order in memory, resources that would not be used in the spatial memory task. A second experiment showed that the interference between time production and memory search involving temporal order was stronger when, during the timing task, a decision was made on the temporal position of a memory item, than when information on temporal order was retained throughout the interval to be produced. These results underscore the importance of considering the specific resources and processes involved when the interference between timing and concurrent nontemporal tasks is analyzed.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: PubMed ID: 17123455
Publisher Keywords: timing, memory, attention, interference
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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