Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time (MIT Press)

Felt Time The Psychology of How We Perceive Time MIT Press We have widely varying perceptions of time Children have trouble waiting for anything Are we there yet Boredom is often connected to our sense of time passing or not passing As people grow older time

  • Title: Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time (MIT Press)
  • Author: Marc Wittmann Erik Butler
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  • Page: 120
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  • We have widely varying perceptions of time Children have trouble waiting for anything Are we there yet Boredom is often connected to our sense of time passing or not passing As people grow older, time seems to speed up, the years flitting by without a pause How does our sense of time come about In Felt Time, Marc Wittmann explores the riddle of subjective time,We have widely varying perceptions of time Children have trouble waiting for anything Are we there yet Boredom is often connected to our sense of time passing or not passing As people grow older, time seems to speed up, the years flitting by without a pause How does our sense of time come about In Felt Time, Marc Wittmann explores the riddle of subjective time, explaining our perception of time whether moment by moment, or in terms of life as a whole Drawing on the latest insights from psychology and neuroscience, Wittmann offers a new answer to the question of how we experience time.Wittmann explains, among other things, how we choose between savoring the moment and deferring gratification why impulsive people are bored easily, and why their boredom is often a matter of time whether each person possesses a personal speed, a particular brain rhythm distinguishing quick people from slow people and why the feeling of duration can serve as an error signal, letting us know when it is taking too long for dinner to be ready or for the bus to come He considers the practice of mindfulness, and whether it can reduce the speed of life and help us gain time, and he describes how, as we grow older, subjective time accelerates as routine increases a fulfilled and varied life is a long life Evidence shows that bodily processes especially the heartbeat underlie our feeling of time and act as an internal clock for our sense of time And Wittmann points to recent research that connects time to consciousness ongoing studies of time consciousness, he tells us, will help us to understand the conscious self.
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    • Holly says:

      An overview of psychological and brain research into how humans perceive time and the small differences in temporal perception between us, as well as our personal experiences of time's expansion and contraction over a lifetime and within our days. Explanations of how, for example, in a moment of fear or violence, like a car accident, when it feels as if time expands and events seem to run in slow motion - this may actually be caused by our brains and biological systems "speeding up" (paradoxical [...]

    • Tudor Ștefănescu says:

      A mix between science and philosophy the book discusses things like: how long is "a moment" (around 3 seconds), how do we know how much time has past (by listening to our internal clocks/processes: heartbeat, how hungry we are, etc. and observing external processes), why do we feel time is passing faster with age (we make fewer memories and those that we make are fading faster), the relation between time and "self" - you need time to be in touch with you in order to be you etc. Short but at time [...]

    • Mariana says:

      It's a good introduction to the concept of time and perception of time. He covers scholars in science and philosophy. However, he is awfully repetitive at times and the reading sort of becomes a drag Which might be a bit ironic considering the book's theme.

    • Greta says:

      My desire to read more science books in 2017 and my own personal and professional interests motivated me to pick up this book. Like many others, I have had the experience of losing loved ones “before their time” and that experience profoundly changed the way I perceived time. In my work life, I am interested in how and why some people invest their present time and resources into creating a better future for their communities, even though they may not experience or even see the rewards during [...]

    • Anita says:

      Bit of a shocking moment when after these chapters about the marshmallow test and circadian cycles and neurons, Marina Abramovic shows up as the concluding paragraphalso I would say that this review is not reflective of great prose or a distinctive style b/c this is a translation - useful information (1) life doesn't go by faster b/c portions of time are smaller in proportion to your total life (like some people say "oh years go by faster when you're an adult because when you're 2 a year is 1/2 [...]

    • xdroot says:

      The ideas in the book are thought provoking. But the writing style is horrible. Basically a dissertation that's been put forth as a book. Book summary: If you want to live longer, slow down time by filling it with (meaningful) novel experiences. Routine makes time go faster.

    • Corey Astill says:

      Fascinating insights on how we as humans experience the time of our lives. The length of a moment, the texture of our memories, why time passes so quickly during engaging activities versus the painful slow passage of time while standing in line. The research yields many insights for how build more memories and make the time count in terms of how we later reflect on our lives. I highly recommend this book.

    • Russ says:

      Two things I took away: 1) I drive the way I do because I perceive time differently than the people around me (especially passengers). 2) It's OK to slow down sometimes.

    • Ксения Чистопольская says:

      An absolutely beautiful explanation of how we perceive time, why time slows down when we are bored, why it accelerates when something interesting is going on, but afterwords we feel it as more long. And many other interesting things. At last i feel that i've understood it. Hope we'll translate it into Russian.

    • John Kissell says:

      much interesting information here, but I was left somehow wanting more -- I suspect the reason form this ennui explained in here and I'll latch onto the explanation later I did learn about VENs, which I'll have to explore

    • Andrea Hickman Walker says:

      Interesting, but not exactly riveting. The ending was very abrupt.

    • Yifei Men says:

      Translated non-fiction is often a little hit-or-miss. The writing in Felt Time feels a little garbled at time, the content wandering and occasionally I'm completely lost. However, there's enough little gems of wisdom, little nuggets of "Ah-ha" that I still came away glad that I have read this book Foreign to the psychology of time, this book gave me vocabulary and framework to anchor my own experiences of time -- the time paradox, what really connotes a "long life", our identity as a duration, a [...]

    • Casey Jo says:

      I read a grown up book! It's a topic that I've watch various documentaries (etc) on so a fair amount was stuff I knew, but the telling and the framing was all good. In particular, I'm connecting with the notion that when you get old, the days get longer but the decades get short. The takeaway of "do different things to make your life feel longer" is a good one.

    • Fred Goh says:

      A rather abrupt ending to an otherwise fascinating and interesting read. This book is a somewhat superficial yet highly succinct summary of recent research and theories of the self, the subjective sense of time, neurobiology and how it all comes together. Worth a read.

    • Harrison says:

      some interesting ideas and findings on the neurological perception of time. presentation could have used the Oliver Sacks treatment. technical details were a bit dry at times and I personally wanted a little more hand holding when neuro biology was being discussed.

    • Joeydag says:

      I really wanted to like this but I found the tone varied too much. From quite dull science fact - to the point of obscuring the results - to pleasant advice to philosophic review.

    • Sara AlSinan says:

      3.5

    • Giuseppe Veltri says:

      Good intro and some interesting cases but it is more of a teaser book than anything else. Perhaps, a good starting point to dig out further scientific literature.

    • Heba Mohammed says:

      a great philosophical idea to think about ere is some solid science in here though . but the book isn't all based on scientific data which sucks at the end

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