How our sense of time evolves & how we trick it

Instead of looking at the clock, one should rather outsmart the brain – says psychologist Claudia Hammond.

We all know the situation: we stand in the supermarket in a long queue and time passes painfully slow. Can we do something not to feel so at our mercy? 1015

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How do we get out of this trap? 1859775393

Our sense of time is extremely subjective. The more we believe that we have little time, the faster it will pass in our perception. We should try to focus more on the moment instead of thinking so often about what we have to do in the future, or about what went wrong in the past. When I am in from home walk to the subway, I look at the houses exactly, go sometimes other routes. As soon as I switch to autopilot, I perceive much more. 1013 () Do we often have a leg ourselves? 1014 Kitchen etc. This is also called a planning error. Therefore, you should always install a buffer for the unforeseen, that takes stress out. Incidentally, studies have shown that people who feel overburdened are just canceling out the activities on their calendars that are responsible for their well-being, such as singing in a choir. This increases your stress once more. 1350 But even here we can not trust our sense of time: If we are somewhere else, we mean, the days were flying, when we are back home, it seems to us that the holiday has lasted forever. What's going on in our head? 5484 During the holidays we collect a variety of impressions, get to know other places, try out new activities. This creates the impression that time passes quickly. In retrospect, the past time seems even longer than it actually was, because we have produced many memories in the brain. The more new things we discover, the more memories are generated. 1500 are we getting older? 1016

Yes. Between 15 and 25 we have many formative impressions, experience for the first time. As we grow older, we follow our habits and processes more closely, the years are thus merging …

1018 Christmas in front of the door. 5484

Exactly. Such time markers are often shocking because they remind us how fast time passes and that our time is limited. to move it back?

Yes, by trying to break our routines and give spontaneity more room. So: sometimes travel to cities or countries that we do not know yet, try new sports, meet with other people. This then expands the time felt. So we can outsmart our brain. 1015

Claudia Hammond 4294967295 is a psychologist and journalist. Her current book “Tick, tack How our sense of time comes to life” has been published by Klett-Cotta Verlag (() Pages, 22 Euro).

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