Time perception and depressed mood


Time flies when you’re having fun ... doesn’t it? The notion that time experience and time perception are influenced by emotional states is something that is generally accepted. Psychological disturbances, such as episodes of depression, are also reported to affect the experience of time. This is important because our experience of time is the backdrop against which all our other life experiences occur. As Kant wrote, “ Time is a necessary representation, lying at the foundation of all our intuitions”. In this project, we study how relatively low levels of depressed mood affect time experience and perception, and the causal processes through which this occurs.

Collaborators in this work include Robin Murphy, Diana Kornbrot, and Melvyn Grimwood.

Relevant publications:

Kornbrot, D. E., Msetfi, R. M. & Grimwood, M. J. (2013). Time Perception and Depressive Realism: Judgment Type, Psychophysical Functions and Bias, PLoS ONE, 8 (8): e71585 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071585

Msetfi, R. M., Murphy, R. A., & Kornbrot, D. E. (2012). The effect of mild depression on time discrimination. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65(4), 632-645.