The Relationship between Preference for Temporal Conceptions and Time Estimation

Joseph Glicksohn, Ruth Ron-Avni

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Krus and Fletcher (1986) reported that subjective preferences for either dynamic or static images of time, tapped by using Knapp's (1960) Time Metaphor Scale, predicted actual time estimations made by the subjects. Following on from this, we explored the relationships among (1) symbolisations of time, (2) preferences for temporal metaphors along the dynamic-static dimension and (3) time estimations, assessed using the methods of production, verbal estimation and reproduction, all in a prospective paradigm. Forty subjects provided data on all of these variables. We report the following major findings. First, there is a clear average preference for dynamic images of time. Second, subjects who prefer dynamic images of time produce longer durations. We tentatively conclude that perception and conception of time are related.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Cognitive Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997


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