Research into the perception of time has a long history at Manchester, going back at least as far as John Cohen’s work in the 1960’s. All aspects of time perception are investigated here, from sub-second interval timing, the effect of aging on timing, motor-timing, the distortions of the sense of time that occur in everyday life, cross-modal timing, and more recently we have discovered interesting links between the perception or ‘rate’ of subjective time, and the rate at which people can process information. This most recent work has been covered in New Scientist magazine.
We use a variety of research methods, mainly focussed on psychophysics and computer modelling, augmented with brain imaging techniques. The temporal perception lab is currently run by Dr Luke Jones.
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