DOI: 10.1101/001156Dec 4, 2013Paper

Influence of walking speed on locomotor time production

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Fabrice MEGROT, Carole MEGROT


The aim of the present study was to determine whether or not walking speed affects temporal perception. It was hypothesized that fast walking would reduce the perceived length of time while slow walking increase production estimates. 16 healthy subjects were included. After a first « calibration » phase allowing the determination of different walking speeds, the subjects were instructed to demonstrate periods of time or « target times » of 3s and 7s, by a walking movement. Then, subjects were asked to simulate walking by raising one foot after the other without advancing. Finally, a third condition, Motionless, involved producing the target times while standing without movement. The results of this study suggest that movement does influence the perception of time, causing an overestimation of time. In agreement with the results of [Denner et al. (1963)][1] the subjects produced times which were longer than the target times. [1]: #ref-5

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