How do we perceive time?

I am more and more drawn towards concentrating on the human condition of perceiving TIME. I have read couple of articles and watched some videos on how humans perceive time and I feel that this could be my area to concentrate on for the project.

Not only is it interesting finding out why some events seem to ‘fly by’ for us and others ‘drag on’ but I also feel that digital art could capture this really well.

Us humans seem to over estimate time elapse when we are scared/bored/happy/enjoying ourselves etc. For example – people who were in a car crash say that the time elapse of the crash seemed much longer for them than what it actually was.

There are cases when we feel like what something occurred a year ago appears as having taken place significantly further in the past or recently.

‘You are most likely to remember the timing of an event if it was distinctive, vivid, personally involving and is a tale you have recounted many times since.’ – Claudia Hammond

This also goes for older people. As we get older time seems to pass more rapidly each year, this is because in our teens we were experiencing NEW exciting things.

From reading the book ‘The Story of Time’ – K. Lippincott – I learnt that Albert Einstein published his Special Theory of Relativity and stated that time passes differently for everyone, whereas before it was generally believed that time was an absolute: it passed at the same rate for everyone in every part of the universe.

If a memory seems unclear we presume it happened long time ago.

This is an interesting article I came across about  ’Why time slows down when we are afraid..’

And a cheesy but I guess interactive video on ‘Time Perception’

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