Reward priming of temporal preparation

Clayton Hickey*, Sander A. Los

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recent studies have demonstrated a strong impact of reward on the expectancy of future target locations or features. In this study, we examined whether reward would have similar effects on temporal preparation. In two experiments, participants completed a reaction time task with a variable interval between a warning stimulus and the target stimulus. After each trial they were awarded either low or high reward which was converted to cash after the experiment. Crucially, reward magnitude was assigned randomly and was unrelated to task performance. Nevertheless, across experiments, the results revealed that reward modified future temporal preparation, especially in participants that could be identified as highly motivated. These findings generalize the principles of reward priming to the temporal domain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-40
Number of pages16
JournalVisual Cognition
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2015


  • Foreperiod
  • Preparation
  • Priming
  • Reward
  • Sequential effect
  • Temporal attention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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