Shared timing variability in eye and finger movements increases with interval duration: support for a distributed timing system below and above one second
2015 (English)In: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, ISSN 1747-0218, E-ISSN 1747-0226, Vol. 68, no 10, 1965-1980 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The origins of the ability to produce action at will at the hundreds of millisecond to second range remain poorly understood. A central issue is whether such timing is governed by one mechanism or by several different mechanisms, possibly invoked by different effectors used to perform the timing task. If two effectors invoke similar timing mechanisms, then they should both produce similar variability increase with interval duration (interonset interval) and thus adhere to Weber's law (increasing linearly with the duration of the interval to be timed). Additionally, if both effectors invoke the same timing mechanism, the variability of the effectors should be highly correlated across participants. To test these possibilities, we assessed the behavioural characteristics across fingers and eyes as effectors and compared the timing variability between and within them as a function of the interval to be produced (interresponse interval). Sixty participants produced isochronous intervals from 524 to 1431 ms with their fingers and their eyes. High correlations within each effector indicated consistent performance within participants. Consistent with a single mechanism, temporal variability in both fingers and eyes followed Weber's law, and significant correlations between eye and finger variability were found for several intervals. These results can support neither the single clock nor the multiple clock hypotheses but instead suggest a partially overlapping distributed timing system.
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2015. Vol. 68, no 10, 1965-1980 p.
Timing, Time production, Finger movement, Millisecond to second timing variability, Eye movement
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100551DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2014.998689ISI: 000360295200003PubMedID: 25607465OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-100551DiVA: diva2:792611