Effects of physical and social distancing on time perception and temporal cognition
We are globally enduring a pandemic state that radically shakes our present life experiences, altering individuals’ personal agenda, family and work organization, and general societal coordination. Yet, we also undergo a paradoxical experience: at once, a total desynchronization through the breaking of our daily academic or work routines, and a global synchronization as everyone sets into physical distancing and confinement while trying to find ways to preserve minimal social coherence.
The goal of this series of questionnaires and experimental tasks is to quantify cross-culturally and longitudinally, an individual’s experience of time during this exceptional circumstance. Temporal cognition will be studied in the course of the physical and social distancing due to the quarantine measures worldwide. Ideally, this study would take place before, in the course of, and after social distancing measures. Due to the exceptional nature and speed of this event, experiments will likely start during social distancing, and continue thereafter. The post-distancing follow-up will aim at controlling for current tasks and may incorporate the effect of future memory recollection.
This large-scale qualitative and quantitative study will focus primarily on collecting changes in the perception of time (prospective timing) for future recollection (retrospective timing and memory). Basic factors will be collected together with sleep patterns, which are likely to change during social distancing.
This study will be conducted in many different countries around the world. Below you will find the links for the countries currently running the study. Please visit the link of the country you are living in in order to participate in the study.
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