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Conceptual analysis and methodology for measuring TP

The concept of time, and how humans perceive it, comprises one of the most essential aspects of our everyday life. It comes as no surprise therefore that time is a concept that has intrigued philosophers, anthropologists, biologists, physicists, and psychologists for a long time. 

The study of time is currently enjoying a lot of attention from scientists worldwide. However, what concept of time is being studied in each laboratory, and what do the findings tell us? The main issue here relates to the operational definition of time. In the literature, one will find terms such as time sense, psychological time, temporal reasoning, psychological moment etc. The problematic issues associated with the operational definition of time extend to the measurement of TP. For instance, some researchers measure TP using discrimination, motor tapping, duration, and order judgment tasks, to name just a few. What do each of these tasks actually measure and are they accurate? In order to answer such questions a deeper conceptual analysis of time is needed.

Researchers involved in the study of time are aware of these issues and attempts are often made to resolve them. To this date, however, there is no orchestrated multidisciplinary network to resolve the definitional/measurement issues of human and animal TP. TIMELY aims to satisfy the need for a common network in understanding TP.

Possible outcomes:

  1. In-depth conceptual analysis of time and review of the operational definitions of the various aspects of TP that may provide a common-interdisciplinary grounding of the concept of time. This analysis could lead to the creation of a common-interdisciplinary taxonomy of time.
  2. In-depth analysis of the existing methodologies used for measuring TP and development of a new model(s) for measuring TP.
  3. Development of a prototypical tool for the assessment of generic/musical timing abilities that will monitor timing performance in human adults and children through personalized engaging and joyful activities (e.g., music games or music listening and performance activities).
  4. Development of an online source for measurement standards and data exchange.
  5. Evaluation of time standards in user interface design in Human-Computer Interaction application domains (e.g., air traffic control etc.).