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Hans Gellersen

The impact of cognitive load on the perception of time

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In cognitive psychology it is well known that cognitive load can have a significant impact on time perception. In this paper, we present an observation made during an empirical evaluation of several input techniques, showing that the cognitive load occurring during user input can significantly reduce perceived time. We provide a discussion of our findings, proposing that existing work in cognitive psychology, such as the Cognitive-Timer Model is applicable to HCI; and that this understanding can provide valuable information for predicting and actively modeling perceived input performance when designing user interfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Extending Boundaries
Number of pages4
Publication year2010
ISBN (print)978-1-60558-934-3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
SeriesNordiCHI '10

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