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Prospective and Retrospective Time Estimates of Children: A Comparison Based on Ecological Tasks
Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Author: Nicolas Bisson et al.

by Nicolas Bisson, Simon Tobin, Simon Grondin

Children's time estimation literature lacks of studies comparing prospective and retrospective time estimates of long lasting ecological tasks, i.e. tasks reflecting children's daily activities. In the present study, children were asked to estimate prospectively or retrospectively how much time they played a video game or read a magazine. Regardless of the task, the results revealed that prospective time estimates were longer than the retrospective ones. Also, time estimates of the video game task were longer, less accurate and more variable than those of the reading task. The results are discussed in the light of the current literature about time estimation of long lasting ecological tasks.