University of Regina, 2008, B.A. Honours in Psychology
University of British Columbia, 2010, M.A. Cognitive Science
University of British Columbia, 2017, PhD Cognitive Science

Timing, defined as the activity of sequencing and coordinating the elementary components or stages of a task, is required for many common tasks. Some tasks have very brief durations, such as when we swing a racquet to meet an oncoming ball, or when reach out to shake a colleague’s hand. Other tasks have very long durations, such as paying rent on time or submitting an abstract for a conference by the end of the month. My dissertation focuses on tasks that fall between these two extremes, that is, on everyday intermediate duration tasks such as steeping a cup of tea or leaving the room during a commercial break and then returning on time. The overall goal of my dissertation is to identify the cognitive processes required for timing these intermediate duration tasks, which fall in the range of 2 to 6 minutes. How accurate are we in judging the duration of these tasks? What factors influence our accuracy? Can we improve our ability to judge the duration of tasks given experience and feedback?

 

Fergusson, J., Limvalencia, S., Olsen, S., & Graf. P., 2014. Practice makes perfect? The effect of feedback on timing accuracy. Poster presentation at the Northwest Cognition and Memory annual meeting.

Fergusson, J., & Graf, P., 2014. Timing Accuracy: The Effect of Feedback. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science. 

Fergusson, J., Limvalencia, S., Olsen, S., & Graf. P., 2014. Time Flies More Accurately: The Effect Of Feedback On Timing Accuracy. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association

 Fergusson, J., & Graf. P., 2013. Everyday timing: Global framing and cognitive correlates. Oral presentation at the Northwest Cognition and Memory annual meeting.

 Fergusson, J., & Graf, P., 2013. The influence of global framing on everyday timing. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science.

 Fergusson, J., & Graf, P., 2012. Boundaries in time perception: Estimation accuracy of intervals from one to five minutes. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association

 Fergusson, J., & Graf, P., 2012. Timing minutes: Production of 1-5 minute intervals. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science.

 Fergusson, J., & Graf, P., 2012. Accuracy of time perception over one to five minutes. Oral presentation at the Northwest Cognition and Memory annual meeting.

 Fergusson, J., & Graf, P., 2011. A watched pot never boils: Factors that influence human time perception. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association.

 Fergusson, J., & Graf, P., 2011. A watched pot: Prospective time estimations and future vs. present focus. Oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science.

 Fergusson, J., Boparai, P., Pan, L., & Graf. P., 2011. A watched pot never boils: Individual differences in prospective time estimation. Oral presentation at the Northwest Cognition and Memory annual meeting.

 Fergusson, J., Boparai, P., Pan, L., & Graf, P., 2011. Time judgments in dual task conditions. Poster presentation at the Northwest Cognition and Memory annual meeting.

 Fergusson, J., Graf, P., 2010. Estimation accuracy of 2-6 minute durations. Oral presentation at the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science annual meeting.

 Fergusson, J., Graf, P., 2010. Time flies sometimes: Production of 2-6 minute intervals. Poster presentation at the Northwest Cognition and Memory conference.

 Fergusson, J., Graf, P., 2009. Individual differences in prospective memory: Time flies sometimes. Poster presentation at the Cognitive Science Association for Interdisciplinary Learning conference.

 Fergusson, J., Graf, P., 2009. Individual differences in prospective memory: Time flies sometimes. Poster presentation at the Banff Annual Seminar in Cognitive Science.

 Fergusson, J., Haukeness, J., Oscar, S., Potter, S., Toma, C., Vendramin, C., & Will, N. 2008.  Finding a Voice: An Examination of Student Experiences at the University of Regina.  Poster presentation at the Canadian Psychological Association annual conference.