Watch: How Our Brains Process Time
Time flies when you're having fun, the old saying goes. But how can time – maybe the most fundamental concept of the universe – feel different under different conditions?
Our brains perceive time differently in different circumstances. When we pay close attention to something, tedium can set in and it can feel like time slows to a crawl.
Conversely, if our lives demand we juggle several different things at once, we tend to pay less attention to some activities – and time races by in a flash.
Our perception of time is most distinctly different as we age. When we’re young, it seem to take forever for holidays or birthdays to arrive. But as we get older, it seems like we barely come up for air between busy holiday seasons.
The Two Guys – Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke – break down the factors influencing our perception of time in this week’s episode. Hurry up and listen while there's time! Or relax, slow your rolls, and take the time to contemplate their words.