Interesting facts from this article:
- When we’re in life-threatening situations, for instance, “we remember the time as longer because we record more of the experience. Life-threatening experiences make us really pay attention, but we don’t gain superhuman powers of perception.”
- The same thing happens when we hear enjoyable music, because “greater attention leads to perception of a longer period of time.”
- Conversely, if your brain doesn’t have to process lots of new information, time seems to move faster, so the same amount of time will actually feel shorter than it would otherwise.
- The more detailed the memory, the longer the moment seems to last. “This explains why we think that time speeds up when we grow older,”… The more familiar the world becomes, the less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems to pass.
- So if your brain got hit with loads of new information over the course of a day, and the following day received hardly any new information, the first day would seem much longer than the first, even though they were exactly the same.