A workshop on time perception funded by the Experimental Psychology Society will be held at Liverpool John Moore's University on 19th January 2017. Details of how to submit abstract or apply for attendance can be found here (attendance is free but registration is necessary). Our lab will be represented, and the conference is being organised by one of our collaborators Dr Ruth Ogden.
Back to the rain of Manchester after a sunny time in Oxford. It was a busy conference as it was a joint meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society and SEPEX (Spanish Experimental Psychology Society). The meeting was held at St Anne's college with up to three parallel session at any one time. The lab was represented by me (Dr Luke Jones) and PhD student Emily Williams. We attended a particularly interesting talk by Gabriela E López-Tolsa (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain) on the adjunctive behaviour and performance of rats in a temporal bisection task. Emily's poster presentation (see photo) was very well received and gathered a good deal of interest, including from one researcher who turned out to be Dr Peter Naish (co-author of some very famous timing papers with Michel Treisman, as well as his own famous work on hypnosis). Many thanks to the conference organisers and to the EPS itself for awarding Emily a Grindley Grant to attend.
This weekend our lab is being represented at the Experimental Psychology Conference, being held at St Annes's College, University of Oxford. Our PhD student Emily Williams will be giving a poster presentation on her Masters and PhD work, exploring the pacemaker component of the SET system. It is Emily's first presentation at the EPS, quite a milestone in any experimental psychologist's career.
On 13th June 2016 a conference on the philosophy and psychology of time was convened at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Manchester. Speakers included Dr Luke Jones from our lab. It was a fascinating blend of talks, and very informative on both sides as to how philosophy and psychology approach the human experience of time. This seems to be part of an exciting and increasing trend of collaboration between philosophers of time and time perception psychologists.
Many thanks to the Philosophy department for organising this conference. The full program of talks was as follows:
Dr Luke Jones (University of Manchester): 'The Perception and Psychology of Time: An Overview'
Ms Abigail Connor (University of Manchester): ‘Measuring Phenomenal Duration’
Prof Julian Kiverstein (University of Amsterdam): ‘Is the Experience of Now a Neural Construct?’
Prof Barry Danton (University of Liverpool): ‘Extensionalism: variations and challenges’
Prof John Wearden (Keele University): ‘Some Philosophical Problems About Time Perception: how psychology might help’
This week saw the start of data collection for a new collaboration between our lab and researchers at RNCM. The project is investigating the affect of performance anxiety on heart rate, musical performance and timing. We'd like to take the opportunity to thank all the piano students who volunteered to take part in the study for us.
On Thursday 19th May 2016 we hosted the North West timing meeting. We hosted researchers from Liverpool, Manchester, Liverpool and Keele. Thank you to everyone who turned up to make it such a great meeting. A very productive discussion and presentation was followed by an excellent curry and pub session. Attendees included members of our our lab, plus Dr Ruth Ogden from Liverpool John Moores University, Professor John Wearden from Keele University, Dr Michelle Philips from the Royal Northern College of Music and postdoctoral researchers from the north west including from the philosophy department here at the University of Manchester. Some of our research interests overlap with those of the philosophy department, and we have a joint meeting coming up in the philosophy department next month...more details to follow.
Emily recently featured on the Young Persons University of Manchester Blog, explaining about her research and time perception in general. You can read the blog here.
The Young Persons University of Manchester is a widening participation project to reach out to teachers and students in the community. The website allows school pupils, college students, parents and teachers to discover more about studying various subjects at university, read about the type of research that goes on here, and learn about key concepts within particular subject areas.
Welcome to the new website for the time perception laboratory at the University of Manchester. Here you can find out about the latest news about our activities, view our current and past members, check out our publications, and find details of studies to take part in. For some background information about the lab, check out our about page.