Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Authors: Oberfeld-Twistel, Daniel
Thönes, Sven
Palayoor, Benyne Jos
Hecht, Heiko
Title: Depression does not affect time perception and time-to-contact estimation
Online publication date: 11-Jul-2022
Year of first publication: 2014
Language: english
Abstract: Depressed patients frequently report a subjective slowing of the passage of time. However, experimental demonstrations of altered time perception in depressed patients are not conclusive. We added a timed action task (time-to-contact estimation, TTC) and compared this indirect time perception task to the more direct classical methods of verbal time estimation, time production, and time reproduction. In the TTC estimation task, the deviations of the estimates from the veridical values (relative errors) revealed no differences between depressed patients (N= 22) and healthy controls (N= 22). Neither did the relative errors of the TTC estimates differ between groups. There was a weak trend toward higher variability of the estimates in depressed patients but only at the shortest TTC and at the fastest velocities. Time experience (subjective flow of time) as well as time perception in terms of interval timing (verbal estimation, time production, time reproduction) performed on the same subjects likewise failed to produce effects of depression. We conclude that the notion that depression has a sizeable effect on time perception cannot be maintained.
DDC: 150 Psychologie
150 Psychology
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 02 Sozialwiss., Medien u. Sport
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY
Information on rights of use:
Journal: Frontiers in psychology
Pages or article number: Art. 810
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Publisher place: Lausanne
Issue date: 2014
ISSN: 1664-1078
Publisher URL:
Publisher DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00810
Appears in collections:DFG-OA-Publizieren (2012 - 2017)

Files in This Item:
  File Description SizeFormat
depression_does_not_affect_ti-20220710205032836.pdf1.24 MBAdobe PDFView/Open