Some time-related articles from the vault... 1. "Timing is Everything" <http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/node/723/full> "The subjectivity of our experience of time is widely acknowledged. As we get older, time seems to go faster - or is it that we seem to move faster in time? " "Time is the stuff of music: music manipulates our experience of time; it plays with the rhythm of experience; it stretches and complicates our relationship to the passing of time. If the world of physics is a space-time continuum, music is a pitch-time continuum." 2. "How Your Brain Can Control Time" <http://discovermagazine.com/2008/aug/11-how-your-brain-can-control-time> "These days, new kinds of experiments using everything from computer simulations to brain scans to genetically engineered mice are helping unlock the nature of mental time. And their results show that the brain does not use a single stopwatch. Instead, it has several ways to tell time, and none of them seems to work like a conventional clock." "Even in a healthy brain, time is elastic. Staring at an angry face for five seconds feels longer than staring at a neutral one. It may be no coincidence that the pulse-generating neurons are directly wired into regions of the brain that handle emotionally charged sights and sounds. And recent experiments by Amelia Hunt at Harvard University hint that we may actually backdate our mental time line every time we move our eyes." 3. "Why having fun makes time speed" <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3532195.stm> "Scientists have come up with a theory for why time flies when you are having fun - and drags when you are bored." "It is thought that if the brain is busy focusing on many aspects of a task, then it has to spread its resources thinly, and pays less heed to time passing."
Monday, March 29, 2010
Posted by Bruno at 6:00pm