, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 443–449 | Cite as

The effect of a ticking clock on task performance

  • Shoko YamaneEmail author
  • Naohiro Matsumura
Original Article


We examined the influence of a ticking clock on task performance using a laboratory experiment. We investigated how performance changed in response to various clock ticking speeds using a trick clock that allowed us to control its ticking speed. We found that the subjects’ performance was influenced by the speed at which the clock ticked: Particularly, individuals showed slower performance when exposed to a slow-ticking clock. We demonstrated that common environmental stimuli encountered in daily life, such as the ticking of a clock, have a significant effect on human behavior.


Shikake Performance Laboratory experiment Labor economics 



We thank Yoshihiro Miyai, Tomoya Nishi, and Koushirou Kane for the development of the materials of our experiment. We are also indebted to Shunichiro Oka and Yuki Nakauchi for their assistance with our experiment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsKinki UniversityHigashi-OsakaJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of EconomicsOsaka UniversityToyonakaJapan

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