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When causality shapes the experience of time: Evidence for temporal binding in young children

Blakey, E; Tecwyn, EC; McCormack, T; Lagnado, DA; Hoerl, C; Lorimer, S; Buehner, MJ; (2019) When causality shapes the experience of time: Evidence for temporal binding in young children. Developmental Science , 22 (3) , Article e12769. 10.1111/desc.12769. Green open access

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Abstract

It is well-established that the temporal proximity of two events is a fundamental cue to causality. Recent research with adults has shown that this relation is bidirectional: events that are believed to be causally related are perceived as occurring closer together in time-the so-called temporal binding effect. Here we examined the developmental origins of temporal binding. Participants predicted when an event that was either caused by a button press, or preceded by a non-causal signal, would occur. We demonstrate for the first time that children as young as four years are susceptible to temporal binding. Binding occurred both when the button press was executed via intentional action, and when a machine caused it. These results suggest binding is a fundamental, early developing property of perception and grounded in causal knowledge.

Type: Article
Title: When causality shapes the experience of time: Evidence for temporal binding in young children
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/desc.12769
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12769
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Causal binding, Causality, Intentional action, Temporal binding, Temporal contiguity, Time perception
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061967
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