No effect of multi-axis dot pattern symmetry on subjective duration

Makin, Alexis David James ORCID: 0000-0002-4490-7400, Rahman, Afzal and Bertamini, Marco ORCID: 0000-0001-8617-6864
(2020) No effect of multi-axis dot pattern symmetry on subjective duration. PLoS One, 15 (12). e0238554-.

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Previous work has shown that symmetrical stimuli are judged as lasting longer than asymmetrical ones, even when actual duration is matched. This effect has been replicated with different methods and stimuli types. We aimed to a) replicate the effect of symmetry on subjective duration, and b) assess whether it was further modulated by the number of symmetrical axes. There was no evidence for either effect. This null result cannot be explained by reduced statistical power or enhanced floor or ceiling effects. There is no obvious stimulus-based explanation either. However, we are mindful of the reproducibility crisis and file drawer problems in psychology. Other symmetry and time perception researchers should be aware of this null result. One possibility is that the effect of symmetry on subjective duration is limited to very specific experimental paradigms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Reproducibility of Results, Form Perception, Pattern Recognition, Visual, Time Perception, Psychophysics, Adolescent, Adult, Middle Aged, Female, Male, Vision, Ocular
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2021 10:48
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 23:00
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0238554
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