Do small animals see the events surrounding them as going faster or slower in comparison to bigger creatures, such as us humans? Are those surrounding events appear to happen at a different speed for those small creatures such as a fly or a little sea crab?

  • $\begingroup$ I recommend considering the lifespan and rate of movement for a given animal when trying to answer this question. Cheetahs are large but nevertheless fast. Worms and common snails are small but nevertheless slow. Even in the realm of mammals, animals of similar sizes can vary greatly in their movement and response rates. Compare sloths with house cats. $\endgroup$ – Michael May 14 '16 at 19:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Michael I´m not asking if animals with a difference in lifespan or response rates and their speed of movements perceive time in a compared to us, slow motion or fast forward rate. I´m asking if little animals (independent of their lifespan and rate of movement), like a snail, perceive time in a different way than us, because small animals have to cope with physical processes that are developing faster. $\endgroup$ – Deschele Schilder May 14 '16 at 21:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Michael In my question I´m not referring to the lifespan and the rate of movement of animals, but to their size. In general, little animals (compared to us) have to cope with processes that proceed much faster as the processes that surround us. This is also true for a snail or a fly. $\endgroup$ – Deschele Schilder May 14 '16 at 21:45
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    $\begingroup$ I agree that an animal who must act or think upon the movement of individual molecules may by necessity have a very fast thinking pace and corresponding sense of time. Comparing earthworms to humans, however, I am not sure there is much necessity for difference in time perception. I am merely arguing that size may be no more important than lifestyle, lifespan, feeding patterns, mating schedule, body materials, and predators when it comes to sense of time. When these other factors remain similar, indeed size seems to play a relatively linear role. $\endgroup$ – Michael May 16 '16 at 11:00
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    $\begingroup$ There are approx 9.2bil vibrations in a causium atom every second, so one could potentially process and acknowledge almost 9.2bil events if it had the capability to do so. The quicker the processing frequency, the slower everything else will appear relative to them, due to the ability to register each minute interaction. $\endgroup$ – dwkd May 16 '16 at 17:30

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