In search of the internal structure of the processes underlying interval timing in the sub-second and the second range: A confirmatory factor analysis approach

Rammsayer, Thomas H.; Troche, Stefan J. (2014). In search of the internal structure of the processes underlying interval timing in the sub-second and the second range: A confirmatory factor analysis approach. Acta psychologica, 147(147), pp. 68-74. Elsevier 10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.05.004

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One of the earliest accounts of duration perception by Karl von Vierordt implied a common process underlying the timing of intervals in the sub-second and the second range. To date, there are two major explanatory approaches for the timing of brief intervals: the Common Timing Hypothesis and the Distinct Timing Hypothesis. While the common timing hypothesis also proceeds from a unitary timing process, the distinct timing hypothesis suggests two dissociable, independent mechanisms for the timing of intervals in the sub-second and the second range, respectively. In the present paper, we introduce confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) to elucidate the internal structure of interval timing in the sub-second and the second range. Our results indicate that the assumption of two mechanisms underlying the processing of intervals in the second and the sub-second range might be more appropriate than the assumption of a unitary timing mechanism. In contrast to the basic assumption of the distinct timing hypothesis, however, these two timing mechanisms are closely associated with each other and share 77% of common variance. This finding suggests either a strong functional relationship between the two timing mechanisms or a hierarchically organized internal structure. Findings are discussed in the light of existing psychophysical and neurophysiological data.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Personality Psychology, Differential Psychology and Diagnostics

UniBE Contributor:

Rammsayer, Thomas and Troche, Stefan

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

0001-6918

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karin Dubler

Date Deposited:

24 Mar 2015 16:47

Last Modified:

08 Mar 2019 07:57

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.05.004

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Interval timing, Distinct timing hypothesis, Common timing mechanism, Confirmatory factor analysis, Sub-second range, Second range

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.65071

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/65071

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