Renwick Griffith

TIME Is UP! Effects of Time Constraints on Cognitive Performance of College Students

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of time constraints on cognitive performance in college students. A sample of 19 participants was used to assess the differences in number of attempts, accuracy, and perception of time. The participants were randomly assigned to either an experimental or a control group. Participants under a time limit attempted fewer questions and produced visibly lower scores. Participants under the timed condition attempted easier questions, actively skipping or ignoring the more difficult calculation-intensive questions. Based on these results, the ability to discern how much time is necessary for a particular question is in direct conflict with how much time is necessary for an entire cognitive task. Clearly more research is needed.