On how physical movements shape the perception of time

Rose De Kock, Keri Anne Gladhill, Minaz Numa Ali, Wilsaan Mychal Joiner, Martin Wiener, How movements shape the perception of time, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Volume 25, Issue 11, 2021, Pages 950-963 DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2021.08.002.

In order to keep up with a changing environment, mobile organisms must be capable of deciding both where and when to move. This precision necessitates a strong sense of time, as otherwise we would fail in many of our movement goals. Yet, despite this intrinsic link, only recently have researchers begun to understand how these two features interact. Primarily, two effects have been observed: movements can bias time estimates, but they can also make them more precise. Here we review this literature and propose that both effects can be explained by a Bayesian cue combination framework, in which movement itself affords the most precise representation of time, which can influence perception in either feedforward or active sensing modes.

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