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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

W. Edgar Gregory

First Committee Member

Fay Coleman

Second Committee Member

Rick D. A. S[?]


Temporal disorganization is a symptom of disorder manifested by both the aged psychotic and the harmless sanile. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship of temporal judgment, specifically the adult human’s ability to judge the passage of time accurately, to chronological age. The study was suggested by a prominent geriatrician who conjecture as to whether the disability to estimate and to order time effectively was a dysfunction peculiar to senility and its gradual deterioration even in normal human beings in the ability to judge time accurately.

Using a time estimation test requiring judgement of various intervals of filled and unfilled past-time, a representative sample of normal persons, age 15 to 95 years, who are in good health and living actively in a rural community as determined by a questionnaire, were tested to determine the relationship of chronological age to the ability to judge time accurately.



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