Perception & Psychophysics

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 340-354

The perception of time

  • Lorraine G. AllanAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, McMaster University


The present paper organizes and evaluates selected portions of the time perception literature. Emphasis is on data and theory concerned primarily with judgments of brief temporal intervals. Research concerning the psychophysical law for time, Weber’s law, the time-order error, and the role of nontemporal information is evaluated. This is followed by a consideration of current, quantitatively oriented, theoretical formulations for time perception.