Children's time production for concurrent nontemporal motor tasks

Bernat Buscà, Gerard Moras

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Abstract

An internal clock model has often been used to explain disruptions in timing production that occur when temporal and nontemporal tasks are performed simultaneously. In this study, participants' ability to walk 8 m in 8 sec. while executing various secondary concurrent nontemporal tasks was assessed for 16 children enrolled in sports at school. Children participated in six trials under five randomized task conditions involving different coordinative and cognitive workloads. The duration of timing production increased as the attention requirements or cognitive demands placed upon the completion of the task increased. However, participants also showed learning of timing over the six trials. Significant differences were found between the timing task and the concurrent nontemporal tasks depending on the difficulty and cognitive load of the secondary tasks. Results are discussed using attention models of time estimation and production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-160
Number of pages10
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Volume112
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

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