Human aging and duration judgments: A meta-analytic review

Richard A. Block*, Dan Zakay, Peter A. Hancock

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Differences in duration judgments made by younger and older adults were reviewed. Previous research is unclear about whether such differences exist and, if so, how they may be explained. The meta-analyses revealed substantial age-related differences. Older adults gave larger verbal estimates and made shorter productions of duration than did younger adults. There were no age- related differences in reproduction of duration or in psychophysical slope relating judged and target duration. Older adults' duration estimates were more variable than were those of younger ones. Findings are discussed in terms of pacemaker rate and attentional resources. An explanation regarding divided attention between nontemporal and temporal information processing best explains the findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-596
Number of pages13
JournalPsychology and Aging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1998


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