DailyDirt: Time Flies When You're…
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There are a lot of myths and aphorisms about the passage of time. A watched kettle never boils. Time flies when you’re having fun. However, these observations could lead to some important discoveries about human psychology and how our brains perceive and remember various events in our lives. Does “proportionality theory” really explain why 8yo kids and 80yo senior citizens judge time differently? Here are just a few links on the topic of time.
- Does the perception of time really speed up as you get older? It depends on the time frame — days and weeks may pass at a normal speed, but it’s the years that seem to fly by. [url]
- The perception of time passing can be changed by emotions (fear seems to slow time down), disrupted routines and new experiences. Also, drugs that affect dopamine function in the brain (eg. Ritalin, Adderall and anti-psychotic drugs) can speed up or slow down how a person perceives time. [url]
- If the maximum sentence for criminals is life in prison, could we make the punishment worse by giving inmates drugs that make the time seem to pass more slowly? Obviously, there are some serious ethical questions about customizing punishments with technology, but it’s an issue that should be debated as medicine comes up with ever more ways to extend human lifespans. [url]
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