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Social meaning of ambiguous sounds influences retrospective duration judgments

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Abstract

Social scientists have described noise as “sound out of place” (Bailey, 1996, p. 50). This implies that the human experience of a stimulus is not simply a reflection of its intrinsic properties, but depends on the social-contextual meanings attributed to it. Following Bruner’s lead (Bruner, 1957; Bruner & Goodman, 1947), psychologists have confirmed the importance of social meaning for perception, especially visual information processing (Balcetis & Lassiter, 2010). In the research reported here, we extended this perspective to time perception and asked if an ambiguous auditory stimulus is processed differently as a function of its social meaning.

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(2013). Social meaning of ambiguous sounds influences retrospective duration judgments. Psychological Science, 1060 -1062. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797612465293

Acceptance Date Sep 30, 2012
Publication Date Jun 1, 2013
Journal Psychological science
Print ISSN 0956-7976
Publisher Association for Psychological Science
Pages 1060 -1062
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797612465293
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956797612465293

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