Directed attention prolongs the perceived duration of a brief stimulus.

@article{Mattes1998DirectedAP,
  title={Directed attention prolongs the perceived duration of a brief stimulus.},
  author={Sarah Mattes and Rolf Ulrich},
  journal={Perception & psychophysics},
  year={1998},
  volume={60 8},
  pages={1305-17}
}
Stelmach, Herdman, and McNeil (1994) suggested recently that the perceived duration for attended stimuli is shorter than that for unattended ones. In contrast, the attenuation hypothesis (Thomas & Weaver, 1975) suggests the reverse relation between directed attention and perceived duration. We conducted six experiments to test the validity of the two contradictory hypotheses. In all the experiments, attention was directed to one of two possible stimulus sources. Experiments 1 and 2 employed… CONTINUE READING