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Duration sensitivity depends on stimulus familiarity.
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PMID:  19397378     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
When people are asked to assess or compare the value of experienced or hypothetical events, one of the most intriguing observations is their apparent insensitivity to event duration. The authors propose that duration insensitivity occurs when stimuli are evaluated in isolation because they typically lack comparison information. People should be able to evaluate the duration of stimuli in isolation, however, when stimuli are familiar and evoke comparison information. The results of 3 experiments support the hypothesis. Participants were insensitive to the duration of hypothetical (Experiment 1) and real (Experiment 2) unfamiliar experiences but sensitive to the duration of familiar experiences. In Experiment 3, participants were insensitive to the duration of an unfamiliar noise when it was unlabeled but sensitive to its duration when it was given a familiar label (i.e., a telephone ring). Rather than being a unique phenomenon, duration neglect (and perhaps other forms of scope insensitivity) appears to be a particular case of insensitivity to unfamiliar attributes.
Carey K Morewedge; Karim S Kassam; Christopher K Hsee; Eugene M Caruso
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental psychology. General     Volume:  138     ISSN:  0096-3445     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Psychol Gen     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-28     Completed Date:  2009-06-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502587     Medline TA:  J Exp Psychol Gen     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  177-86     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Discrimination (Psychology)*
Habituation, Psychophysiologic
Mental Recall*
Recognition (Psychology)*
Time Perception*
Young Adult

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