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The passage of time in Iraq during the covid-19 pandemic

Alatrany, SSJ, Ogden, R, Falaiyah, AM, ALdrraji, HAS and Alatrany, ASS (2022) The passage of time in Iraq during the covid-19 pandemic. PLoS One, 17 (4). ISSN 1932-6203

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The covid-19 global pandemic has influenced the day-to-day lives of people across the world. One consequence of this has been significant distortion to the subjective speed at which people feel like time is passing. To date, temporal distortions during covid-19 have mainly been studied in Europe. The current study therefore sought to explore experiences of the passage of time in Iraq. An online questionnaire was used to explore the passage of time during the day, week and the 11 months since the first period of covid-19 restrictions were imposed in Iraq. The questionnaire also measured affective and demographic factors, and task-load. The results showed that distortions to the passage of time were widespread in Iraq. Participants consistently reported a slowing of the passage of time for the day and the week during the pandemic in comparison to normal (i.e. before the pandemic). Participants also reported that it felt like longer than 11-months since the first lockdown began. The passage of time during the day and week were not predicted by any demographic, affective or task-load measures taken in the study. The perceived length of time since the first lockdown was however predicted by stress and change of life due to covid, with greater stress and greater change of life being associated with greater subjective lengthening of the pandemic. The findings indicate that whilst distortions to the passage of time during covid-19 appear to be a global phenomenon, the factors which predict temporal experience during the pandemic differ between countries and cultures.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Computer Science & Mathematics
Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2022 09:09
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2022 09:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0266877
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16665
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