Measures of Working Memory, Motivation, and Time Perception
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Recent studies have indicated a further need to investigate the role of motivation in workingmemory (WM) training and that time perception affects motivation. We addressed whethersubjectively perceived time on task in reference to objective time on task could serve as animplicit measure of motivation, while controlling for individual differences in timeperception. Here, the relationship between different measures of time perception, WM, andmotivation was explored in healthy children. Fifty children in three natural groups (ages: 6-7,8-9, 10-11) at a Swedish school participated. WM scores changed with age as expected.However, the absence of correlations between WM performance and intrinsic motivationwere inconsistent with previous findings, presumably due to the low statistical sensitivity.Nevertheless, time perception accuracy (r=0.318, p=0.043) and state motivation (r=0.434,p=0.005) correlated with performance on task interference, but not WM. With somereservations due to low sensitivity, time perception accuracy appears to be linked tocoordinative capacity required for shifting attention, but to a lesser degree sequential working memory capacity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 109 p.
working memory, time reproduction, motivation, coordinative capacity
arbetsminne, tidsreproduktion, motivation, samordnande kapacitet
Neurosciences Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-6362OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-6362DiVA: diva2:549342
Subject / course
Mind, Brain and Wellbeing - Master’s Programme 60 ECTS
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Klingberg, Torkel, ProfessorKallio, Sakari, LecturerBergman Nutley, Sissela, Doctor
Annett, Judith, Visiting Professor