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Sci Rep. 2017 Jun 1;7(1):2643. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-02386-9.

Time-order-errors and duration ranges in the Episodic Temporal Generalization task.

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1
Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience (LPEN), Institute of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience (INCYT), INECO Foundation, Favaloro University, Buenos Aires, Argentina. e.mikulan@gmail.com.
2
National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina. e.mikulan@gmail.com.
3
Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience (LPEN), Institute of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience (INCYT), INECO Foundation, Favaloro University, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
4
Di Tella University, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
5
Consciousness and Cognition Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
6
National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina.
7
Faculty of Education, National University of Cuyo (UNCuyo), Mendoza, Argentina.
8
Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience (LPEN), Institute of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience (INCYT), INECO Foundation, Favaloro University, Buenos Aires, Argentina. aibanez@ineco.org.ar.
9
National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina. aibanez@ineco.org.ar.
10
Universidad Autónoma del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia. aibanez@ineco.org.ar.
11
Center for Social and Cognitive Neuroscience (CSCN), School of Psychology, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Santiago de Chile, Chile. aibanez@ineco.org.ar.
12
Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Sydney, Australia. aibanez@ineco.org.ar.

Abstract

The current model of the Episodic Temporal Generalization task, where subjects have to judge whether pairs of auditory stimuli are equal in duration, predicts that results are scale-free and unaffected by the presentation order of the stimuli. To test these predictions, we conducted three experiments assessing sub- and supra-second standards and taking presentation order into account. Proportions were spaced linearly in Experiments 1 and 2 and logarithmically in Experiment 3. Critically, we found effects of duration range and presentation order with both spacing schemes. Our results constitute the first report of presentation order effects in the Episodic Temporal Generalization task and demonstrate that future studies should always consider duration range, number of trials and presentation order as crucial factors modulating performance.

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