About the influence of perceiving disgusted, happy and sad faces on time perception

  • Noémie de la Sablonnière
  • Vincent Laflamme
  • Katherine Labonté
  • Simon Grondin


The aim of the present series of three experiments was to investigate the effect of various emotions (sadness, happiness and disgust) on time perception. In these experiments, temporal bisection tasks were conducted in order to measure the participants' time perception. The various emotions were induced by showing pictures of emotional faces. In Experiment 1, pictures of disgusted and neutral faces were presented and the results revealed an overestimation of time perception when disgusted faces were shown. In Experiments 2 and 3, pictures of happy and neutral faces, and of sad and neutral faces, respectively, were presented. In these experiments, no temporal distortion was found.

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