oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - Anxiety and time perception in Nigerian students

Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1433-0237



This study tested the hypothesis that anxiety positively correlates with duration experience within the framework of the cognitive approach. This was done by subjecting 45 high scorers and 45 low scorers in anxiety trait, to three conditions of stress during which they were required to carry out judgement of temporal interval. Duration experience was found to be longer with the high trait anxiety than low trait subjects. However, the stress conditions shortened rather than lengthened duration experience. These findings were explained in terms of the ability of stress 10 both lengthen and shorten duration experiences, depending on the type and the inability of Nigerian students to appreciate time in seconds and minutes.

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