Giovanna Mioni

QuaranTIME: The past, present, and future during COVID-19

Required budget: 5.000 euro

In this complicated context of social distancing, we find it valuable to consider how people value and think about time. Time is a crucial factor in our life with multiple psychosocial meanings. A recent study by Cellini et al. 2020 highlighted how a prolonged lockdown has caused a subjective perception of time dilation with loss of time references. People reported confusion about the days of the week, they also reported an increased sense of boredom and a feeling of being “stuck in the moment”. The authors have also shown that his altered perception of time has consequences on the quality of sleep and participants’ psychophysical state. The present project aims to evaluate the subjective perception of time through the theory of the Time Perspective (PT; Zimbardo & Boyd, 2008). The PT investigates the attitude that we have towards the experiences of the present, past, and future. A particular cognitive, emotional, and motivational style corresponds to the specific temporal configuration that characterizes us. This PT profile determines, often in a completely unconscious way, how we make daily decisions, our behaviours, lifestyles, well-being, health, and our quality of life. This longitudinal study aims to monitor the individual  temporal profiles over time and to identify specific PT styles associated with specific containment policies of the pandemic (e.g., identification of pro-social profiles in the use of the mask, rules of social distancing, underestimation of risky behaviours, etc.). Based on previous data collected before the emergency period, this project aims to carry out a pre/post-quarantine comparison, evaluating if and how the changes in the PT can be attributable to the containment policies of COVID-19. The possibility of comparing pre- and post- pandemic data offers us the rare and almost only possibility of relating both quantitatively and qualitatively the change in PT that has occurred within the population.

Giovanna Mioni

QuaranTIME: The past, present, and future during COVID-19

Required budget: 5.000 euro

In this complicated context of social distancing, we find it valuable to consider how people value and think about time. Time is a crucial factor in our life with multiple psychosocial meanings. A recent study by Cellini et al. 2020 highlighted how a prolonged lockdown has caused a subjective perception of time dilation with loss of time references. People reported confusion about the days of the week, they also reported an increased sense of boredom and a feeling of being “stuck in the moment”. The authors have also shown that his altered perception of time has consequences on the quality of sleep and participants’ psychophysical state. The present project aims to evaluate the subjective perception of time through the theory of the Time Perspective (PT; Zimbardo & Boyd, 2008). The PT investigates the attitude that we have towards the experiences of the present, past, and future. A particular cognitive, emotional, and motivational style corresponds to the specific temporal configuration that characterizes us. This PT profile determines, often in a completely unconscious way, how we make daily decisions, our behaviours, lifestyles, well-being, health, and our quality of life. This longitudinal study aims to monitor the individual  temporal profiles over time and to identify specific PT styles associated with specific containment policies of the pandemic (e.g., identification of pro-social profiles in the use of the mask, rules of social distancing, underestimation of risky behaviours, etc.). Based on previous data collected before the emergency period, this project aims to carry out a pre/post-quarantine comparison, evaluating if and how the changes in the PT can be attributable to the containment policies of COVID-19. The possibility of comparing pre- and post- pandemic data offers us the rare and almost only possibility of relating both quantitatively and qualitatively the change in PT that has occurred within the population.