Time to Act: New Perspectives on Embodiment and Timing

TitleTime to Act: New Perspectives on Embodiment and Timing
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsVatakis, A, Sgouramani, H, Gorea, A, Hatzitaki, V, Pollick, FE
Conference NameProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract Time perception may often be difficult to define in terms of processes and specific brain areas but it is ever-present in all aspects of our daily life. The study of timing has been central in Cognitive Sciences but recently research has been more vigorous extending from static and/or unimodal stimulations to moving and/or multimodal presentations. This symposium will focus on recent behavioral and neuroimaging work conducted with abstract moving and actual dance stimuli (enacted and observed) in relation to timing. The use of biological real or implied movement in timing research has made its appearance the last few years providing a new platform for the investigation of embodiment and timing. Research to-date has shown a distorted or enhanced time percept in the presence of a moving (actual, implied or apparent motion) as compared to a static stimulus, a fast as compared to a slow moving dancer (or crowd, objects etc.), an expert in terms of spatiotemporal training (e.g., dancer) as compared to a naïve participant, to name just a few. The differential temporal percept observed has been attributed to different clock processes for moving vs. non-moving stimuli to the recruitment of additional processes due to embodiment (e.g., memory). However, more research is required in order to obtain a better understanding of the above-mentioned issues. Through this symposium we aim to bring more focus on this area of research and promote discussion on current findings and theories.