, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 443–449

The effect of a ticking clock on task performance

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00146-014-0563-6

Cite this article as:
Yamane, S. & Matsumura, N. AI & Soc (2015) 30: 443. doi:10.1007/s00146-014-0563-6


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 

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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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