Time Perception

  • Ernst Pöppel
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Immanuel Kant once said: “A science has as much truth as it has mathematics.” This remark puts psychology in a bad position, but the investigation of human time perception is probably in an even worse position as far as scientific level is concerned—there is certainly no mathematics in it because there is no consensus about what time perception actually is. What is needed is a classification system or a taxonomy of temporal experience. As long as there is no acceptable classification, the application of mathematical reasoning is precluded. A scientific analysis of temporal experiences requires the development of a taxonomy in order to prepare the ground for more theoretical work.


Temporal Order Time Perception Mental Content Ambiguous Figure Necker Cube 
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Further reading

  1. Cohen J (1967): Psychological Time in Health and Disease Springfield, Ill: CC ThomasGoogle Scholar
  2. Fraisse P (1963): The Psychology of Time New York: Harper & RowGoogle Scholar
  3. Ornstein RE (1969): On the Experience of Time New York: Penguin, HarmondsworthGoogle Scholar
  4. Pöppel E (1978): Time Perception. Handbook of Sensory Physiology Vol 8. Perception Held R, Leibowitz HW, Teuber HL, eds. Berlin: Springer-VerlagGoogle Scholar
  5. Pöppel E (1985): Grenzen des Bewusstseins. Über Wirklichkeit und Welterfahrung Stuttgart: Deutsche VerlagsanstaltGoogle Scholar

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