Enrico Fregoni, Eloisa Valenza

Action and cognition: a study on the effect of movement on time perception.

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Keywords: Time Perception; Embodiment Cognition; Children.

A feature of temporal cognition is that it is built on properties linked to action (i.e., duration, speed and rhythm). It is therefore plausible to assume that temporal perception and representation are affected by motor experience. The present study investigated the influence of movement in a time-estimation task (i.e., to beat a drum concurrently with a rhythmic sound acoustically perceived) in the presence (i.e., experimental group) or in the absence (i.e., control group) of a movement performed between two subsequent beats. Findings showed that experimental group is more accurate than control group probably because it benefited of more information: those from the soundtrack and those from the proprioceptive sensors involved in the movement of the arm.

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