THE ROLE OF ATTENTIONAL FUNCTIONS IN PROSPECTIVE TIMING

  • Dan Zakay
  • Iren Diamant

Abstract

It is well known that attention plays a critical role in prospective timing. Recently several attentional functions have been identified, such as: selective attention, orienting attention, sustained attention and executive attention. Each one of these functions has unique characteristics and a different impact on behavior. The current study was aimed at identifying the role of each one of the attentional functions on prospective timing. Participants were diagnosed by a series of tests and their profile along the attentional functions was defined. In a second phase each participant was tested on a series of temporal tasks, like production and reproduction of short and long time intervals with and without attentional distractions. Statistical analyses clearly revealed that sustained attention is the one attentional function which is most related to prospective timing. This finding is compatible with the Attentional Gate model of prospective timing.

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