Passage of Time Judgments Are Not Duration Judgments: Evidence from a Study Using Experience Sampling Methodology

Front Psychol. 2016 Feb 19;7:176. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00176. eCollection 2016.


This study examined relations between passage of time judgments and duration judgments (DJs) in everyday life, in young and elderly people, with an Experience Sampling Method. The DJs were assessed by verbal estimation and interval production measures. The results showed no difference between young and elderly people in judgments of rate of passage of time, a result contrary to the conventional idea that time passes more quickly as we get older. There were also no significant relation between the judgment of passage of time and the judgments of durations. In addition, the significant predictors of individual differences in the judgment of passage of time (emotion states and focus of attention on the current activity) were not predictors of judgment of durations. In sum, passages of time judgments are not related to DJs.

Keywords: Experience Sampling Methodology; elderly; passage of time; time; time perception.