Increase in numerical magnitude from left-to-right shortens perceived time

Kyoshiro Sasaki, Shuichiro Taya, Kayo Miura

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Abstract

The present study examined the effect of viewing spatially ordered numbers on time perception. Five single digits were presented as the test stimuli. The digits were chosen from 1 to 9 and presented in a horizontal line. We tested the arrangement of the digits in three conditions, where numerical magnitude of the digits increased from left to right (Small-Large condition), decreased from left to right (Large-Small condition), or in a random order (Random condition). Observers were asked to reproduce the presentation duration of the stimuli by pressing the spacebar for as long as the stimulus had been presented. The results showed that the reproduced time was shorter in the Small-Large condition than the other two conditions. The effect of numerical order on time perception is discussed from the perspective of the mental representation of numbers and fluency of cognitive processing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2013 International Conference on Biometrics and Kansei Engineering, ICBAKE 2013
Pages113-116
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 17
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 International Conference on Biometrics and Kansei Engineering, ICBAKE 2013 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2013 Jul 52013 Jul 7

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2013 International Conference on Biometrics and Kansei Engineering, ICBAKE 2013

Other

Other2013 International Conference on Biometrics and Kansei Engineering, ICBAKE 2013
CountryJapan
CityTokyo
Period13/7/513/7/7

Keywords

  • Mental number line
  • Numerical magnitude
  • Space-time metaphor
  • Time perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology

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    Sasaki, K., Taya, S., & Miura, K. (2013). Increase in numerical magnitude from left-to-right shortens perceived time. In Proceedings - 2013 International Conference on Biometrics and Kansei Engineering, ICBAKE 2013 (pp. 113-116). [6603484] (Proceedings - 2013 International Conference on Biometrics and Kansei Engineering, ICBAKE 2013). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICBAKE.2013.22