Date of Award

January 2015

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

D. Alexander Varakin

Department Affiliation

Psychology

Second Advisor

Richard Osbaldiston

Department Affiliation

Psychology

Third Advisor

Catherine A. Clement

Department Affiliation

Psychology

Abstract

Previous research suggests that the organizational cue, connectedness, can influence time judgments of geometric shapes. The stimuli of those experiments consisted of geometric shapes with lines. In the organized set of stimuli, the lines joined the shapes together, and in the unorganized set of stimuli, the lines floated in whitespace amongst the shapes. However, connectedness affected time judgments in two seemingly opposing directions in previous experiments. The current experiment sought to clarify the differences between the results of the earlier experiments by modifying the instructions of the second task to have participants count the number of disjoint shapes. In this experiment, there were no differences between the time judgments for the organized and unorganized images. The results may suggest that the way the participants interpret the stimuli influence their time judgments.

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