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The perception of time of workaholics

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.” -Albert Einstein It's no secret that Elon Musk puts a ...
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Is there any average time span estimate for change in a "perception"? [closed]

This question is about a perception in general and not related to a specific perception. Suppose an individual has a perception (say X) on a particular phenomenon and later, the individual came to ...
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Explain like I'm 5 – After glancing at a clock, why does the first second sometimes feel longer than the rest? [closed]

Both ELI5 explanations below are still too complicated. Please simplify? Alfenhose An interesting phenomena, it is because the brain doesn't store what you saw during the time your eye spent moving, ...
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Are there "place cells" for temporal encoding?

First of all, I have to say I am not a neuroscientist but I like to learn about neuroscience. I understand there are sets of neurons called "place cells" and "grid cells" which ...
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The unpredictable loading bar -- or, the slot machine effect

Say we A-B tested user reactions to completing some task (e.g. transferring files, restarting their device): would people be quicker to get impatient/ annoyed if they got random percentages as ...
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Synchronization of perception of sensory information

I am not an expert (actually I am not even psychologist/neuroscientist or anything like it).My question is: Since light and sound comes to, respectively, our eyes and ears at different times and "...
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Does information theory allow for extremely distorted mental time perception?

The experience obtained by Jaunting while being conscious is clearly impossible to attain in real life (if you don't know what I'm talking about, you can ignore this sentence). However, someone posted ...
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How does our brain sense the passage of time? [duplicate]

How does our brain sense the passage of time? What is the mechanism? I am not asking here about memory. I have searched about it on the internet. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/your-brain-...
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How to become a philosophical zombie? [closed]

I was wondering if the following mental state was possible and if so, if it was documented. The concept would be not to be conscious for a while, to be in some way in automatic mode. And because of ...
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The impact of adverse historical event on individual time preference

I am a Development Economist, I recently get interested in time preference reading several insightful economic papers (Godoy 1998, Godoy 2001, Holden et al 1998, Holden 2013, Galor and Ozak 2015). I ...
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Why does the summer holiday go so quickly? [duplicate]

Take 6 weeks at school or work and it'll feel like an eternity, If your out with your mates or on holiday, time flies! Why do we feel like this considering everyday contains 24 hours.
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Can time be slowed in a lucid dream?

Lucid dreams allow a person to be conscious while dreaming. It has been reported that it's possible to control various aspects of the dream environment that are not possible during wakefulness, e.g. ...
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What bias is responsible for people perceiving immediate and sudden value over long time value delivery as more? [closed]

I have a scenario where people are receiving a massive value of not getting sick and dying in a relatively long period but not valuing it as much as short term solutions that make them feel better ...
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Is there a difference in the perception of time in animals of different size?

Small animals, such as a fly, snail, or little sea crab, have to cope with physical processes that proceed much faster in relation to their size than they do for bigger animals. Therefore, I wonder, ...
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Is it possible that people perceive time differently than others do?

All of my life I have been told to be more patient, to stop "racing through life", etc. Happily, I am finally mature enough to accept that as solid advice, but I am curious as to whether it is ...
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Do living beings of different sizes perceive time differently? [duplicate]

Do living beings having different sizes e.g. an ant and an elephant perceive time at different rates? Is the physical time same for all sizes or different for different sizes? Suppose There is a ...
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Is perceived time compressed or expanded while dreaming? (or does it match reality) [duplicate]

I often dream long extended dreams. Sometimes I wonder if the timeline of the story of my dream occurs compressed, in a moment, or other times extended slowly over a long duration. Is there any way ...
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Quick responses/Time & lintelligence

Is the ability to answer a given question correctly quicker a measure of that individual being more intelligent than the person who answered correctly, but slower (This based on both individuals ...
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Can stress or training influence the perception of time?

I have had this experience that I fell with my bike on an icy street. During the fall, time seemed to slow down and I had an apparent age-long time window to stretch my hand and safely catch my fall. ...
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Why does "six months" seem like a "long time" even when it isn't? [closed]

Background: I had a (rental) property that I was planning to put up for sale. Then I "changed my mind" and said that I wanted to wait for the current year's appreciation, and sell in "six months" (...
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Time passing faster now as compared to 50 years (or 1000yrs) back ? [duplicate]

I asked 200 people (who include my friends and family members in age group of 15 to 70 years living in cities) how they feel about time ? Do they feel that the time is passing faster as compared to ...
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Sense of time: Evaluation and correlation with psychological traits and states

Some of us are often in hurry and always late. Some make mistakes while evaluating time-needs for tasks. How is our sense of time connected with our personality? Is it more correlated with the process ...
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Does it take more cognitive effort to tell the time when reading a digital clock instead of analog?

Following a question on UX.Stackexchange about whether or not to use an analog or digital clock on a website from a user-interface perspective it occurs to me that there is probably a psychological ...
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Why do some days feel fast and others feel slow?

As per the title, why is it some days it just feels like a day can go so fast, yet other days can feel slow? Every day has the same amount of hours, minutes and seconds after all. What is the actual ...
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Can time be perceived differently depending on a user's feeling?

You often hear that time passes more quickly when you're having fun. And the opposite is also "true" in common belief, that when you're bored time is very slow. But we know that time is almost linear ...
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What is the mechanism behind time perception?

I wonder if it's known how time perception works at the fundamental level. For example, to count accurately a minute/hour, do we have to keep track of the time passed counting in our minds or ...
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If time travel were possible, would travelling back in time result in memory loss? [closed]

Suppose it is possible to travel back in time. If Bob traveled back in time, wouldn't he lose the memory of what happened since his neurons are also traveling back in time? In other words, traveling ...
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Why does a clock counting down generate more pressure than a clock counting up? [closed]

Why does it seem that people feel more pressure with a clock counting down as opposed to counting up? Is there a specific term for this? Maybe counting down signifies some sort of loss whereas ...
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Short term time perception affect long term time perception? [closed]

It is known that attending to time (i.e. looking at duration) expands subjective time. So if I want to do something for 20 minutes and look at my watch, this would increase my subjective time ...
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Predicting the Duration of Future Events [closed]

I am interested in the question of how people use/integrate previous experiences with instances of tasks or events to make predictions about the duration of future instances of tasks/events. To ...
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Predicting how long a task will take

As a software engineer I have always struggled with predicting how long a project would take by underestimating and I have noticed that all of my colleagues have the same problem. In this video at 3:...
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How does fever affect time perception?

Many of my friends and I have noticed that at certain stages of fever, time is often perceived as being longer than usual. I'd like to know if this is caused by the disease itself, an immune reaction, ...
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How does body temperature affect perception of time?

Does raising or lowering one's body temperature lead to different perceptions of time? And does this then control the virtual length of positive or negative emotions? For example, individuals might ...
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What is the threshold where actions are perceived as "instant"?

In Human Computer Interaction and User Experience there's some oft repeated rules of performance: 0.1 second is about the limit for having the user feel that the system is reacting instantaneously, ...
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Is there any evidence to support a correlation between how much bodily energy you are using, and how quickly time appears to pass?

It seems to me that time passes more slowly when I am drinking coffee, but when I stop, or I am tired it seems that time passes a lot faster. Could this have something to do with the sampling rate at ...
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Perception of time as a function of age

For many people time seems to run faster as they get older. That is, for an old person an hour, a day or a year seems to be shorter than for a young person. Is there any hard data for such phenomenon?...
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