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How Emotional Auditory Stimuli Modulate Time Perception

Noulhiane, Marion
Samson, S.
Ragot, R.
Pouthas, V.
Published in Emotion. 2007, vol. 7, no. 4, p. 697-704
Abstract Emotional and neutral sounds rated for valence and arousal were used to investigate the influence of emotions on timing in reproduction and verbal estimation tasks with durations from 2 s to 6 s. Results revealed an effect of emotion on temporal judgment, with emotional stimuli judged to be longer than neutral ones for a similar arousal level. Within scalar expectancy theory (J. Gibbon, R. Church, & W. Meck, 1984), this suggests that emotion-induced activation generates an increase in pacemaker rate, leading to a longer perceived duration. A further exploration of self-assessed emotional dimensions showed an effect of valence and arousal. Negative sounds were judged to be longer than positive ones, indicating that negative stimuli generate a greater increase of activation. High-arousing stimuli were perceived to be shorter than low-arousing ones. Consistent with attentional models of timing, this seems to reflect a decrease of attention devoted to time, leading to a shorter perceived duration. These effects, robust across the 2 tasks, are limited to short intervals and overall suggest that both activation and attentional processes modulate the timing of emotional events.
Keywords Time perceptionEmotionArousalAttentionDuration
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Research group Affective sciences
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NOULHIANE, Marion et al. How Emotional Auditory Stimuli Modulate Time Perception. In: Emotion, 2007, vol. 7, n° 4, p. 697-704. doi: 10.1037/1528-3542.7.4.697

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