What is it about?

Error monitoring is the ability to detect one's errors in the absence of feedback. Awareness regarding the magnitude and direction of the error are also important parameters. For instance, awareness of missing a bus by 10 sec or 10 min shows the magnitude, and awareness of being late or early for a meeting shows the direction sides. The present study investigates human participants' awareness regarding the magnitude of their judgments in a timing task.

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Why is it important?

Unlike previous error monitoring studies, we measured error awareness using an indirect measure such that we gamified our task and gave participants a score according to the precision of their performance (relative to a target duration). Participants' task was to keep their average score as high as possible at the end of the task by opting out of trials if they thought they performed poorly. Our results showed a robust error magnitude awareness in timing decisions. Participants were more likely to opt out of trials as their performance was more distant from the target duration on both shorter and longer ends. In contrast, they were less likely to opt out when their performance was closer to the target duration.

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This page is a summary of: Metric error monitoring for a cleaner record of timing., Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance, August 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/xhp0001050.
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