Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: An Investigation of Mood and Time Perception

Foster, Aaron E. (2011) Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: An Investigation of Mood and Time Perception. [Abstract]

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Since 1868, numerous studies have been conducted to explore the area of time perception. The present study investigates the effects of mood and gender on time perception. The hypothesis presented is that in a certain emotional state one’s perception of time is altered. To explore this hypothesis three gender balanced conditions were set up for a group of college students. The groups were shown one of three video clips in which the mood of sad, neutral, or happy were suggested with each clip lasting around 1 minute 10 seconds. Upon the end of the clip subjects were asked to estimate the duration of the clip. Results of this study exhibit a significant effect of mood on time perception, F (2, 35) =4.78, p= .016, η2= .25. The mean time estimation for participants in the funny video clip group was M=101.27, SD=36.772, similarly the mean for the sad video clip group was M=103.13, SD=58.06, however the mean of the neutral video clip group, M=180.83, SD=87.97 shows a clear separation between the neutral group and funny and sad group. A trend towards an effect of interaction between mood and subject gender was found with p=.069, with no effect of gender specifically pertaining to time perception with p= .882. Overall, results support the hypothesis that time perception is affected by one’s mood.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 6th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mood, Time Perception, Mood (psychology), Emotions (psychology), Personality, Perception, Students, Higher education, Undergraduates
Subjects: NBS Symposium
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 10:50
Last Modified: 22 May 2013 10:50
URI: http://eprints.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/336

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