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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Time Perception and Impulsivity in College Students

Research has found that the value of desirable events decreases as delay to the event increases. Therefore, it is hypothesized that delayed, desirable events will be of greater value to individuals who perceive time to pass more rapidly. To test this hypothesis, 40 college students participated in a study that required them to make hypothetical choices between receiving a smaller amount of money immediately or a larger amount later. They were also required to hold down a response lever between 16 and 20 seconds which measured their time perception. The results revealed a significant positive correlation between the median lever hold time and the choices for hypothetical delayed rewards at longer delays. These findings suggest there is a positive relationship between time perception and impulsivity at long delays.

Presenter: Janice Janda (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 107 Holmes
Time: 11:15 am (Session II)