The Concept of Time in Psychology: A Resource Book and Annotated Bibliography

The Concept of Time in Psychology: A Resource Book and Annotated Bibliography

The Concept of Time in Psychology: A Resource Book and Annotated Bibliography

The Concept of Time in Psychology: A Resource Book and Annotated Bibliography

Synopsis

A reference on psychological time, which provides an historical account of time in psychology as well as related non--psychological disciplines from ancient to modern periods, and contains an annotated bibliography of recent time studies conducted in psychology from 1980 to 1999. The emphasis is placed on traditionalist and experimental/empirical approaches to time study.

Excerpt

When I used the computer database PsycINFO to search the psychological literature for studies on the topic of time from 1887 up through December 1999, I found a total of 138,397 studies containing the key word time. Obviously, for any single publication dealing with the concept of time, this is an overwhelming and unmanageable number of studies with which to examine the topic. It is apparent that the topic of time is a popular and vital area of investigation in psychology.

In the present work, I attempt to pare down this wealth of information on time by setting up the following parameters and criteria that serve as the basis for selection of material: (1) the topic of time when used as a major independent or dependent variable in a psychological study (e.g., duration or length of temporal interval in time perception and time estimation studies); (2) the topic of time as an antecedent to contemporary accounts of psychological time (e.g., biblical, historical, philosophical, and early/premodern scientific accounts in nonpsychological areas); (3) the topic of time when used in an experimental and/or empirical study (called a "traditional" context here) in psychology; (4) the topic of time in the modern psychological literature from 1980 through 1999 under the rubrics of counting/timing/time interval behavior, perceived duration of time, psychological time, reaction time, rhythm, subjective duration/time, temporal/time conception, temporal/time discrimination, temporal/time experience, temporal/time horizon, temporal/time judgment, time estimation, time orientation, time perception, time perspective, and time sense that serve as the basis for a current (post-1979) annotated bibliography of time studies in psychology.

The purpose of this book is to trace the lineage of the concept of time in psychology from its beginnings in ancient history, through the prescientific era, up to a modern scientific account of time in the current psychological literature.

More specifically, the outline and plan of this resource guide is to discuss and provide the following: time as conceived by our ancestors in the era before recorded history, by early biblical accounts, by the early Greek and later philos-

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