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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Time Perception and Procrastination in College Students

Research has shown that the aversiveness of undesirable events decreases as the delay to the event increases. Therefore, undesirable events should be less aversive in individuals who perceive time as passing more slowly than in individuals who perceive time as passing more rapidly. To test this hypothesis, 40 college students participated in a study in which they made hypothetical choices between paying a smaller amount of money now or a larger amount of money later. The participants were also required to hold down a lever between 16 and 20 seconds to assess their time perception, and degree of procrastination was measured using the Atkin Procrastination Inventory. No significant correlations between median lever hold durations and procrastination scores, or median lever hold durations and hypothetical payment values were found. The results of this study indicate that time perception and procrastination do not appear to be related.

Presenter: Nicol Cross (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 107 Holmes
Time: 11 am (Session II)