Drawing on the latest research from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and biology, writer and broadcaster Claudia Hammond explores the mysteries of our perception of time in her book Time Warped .
Why does life seem to speed up as we get older?
Drawing on the latest research from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and biology, writer and broadcaster Claudia Hammond explores the mysteries of our perception of time in her book Time Warped.
Why does life seem to speed up as we get older? Why does the clock in your head move at a different speed from the one on the wall? Why is it almost impossible to go a whole day without checking your watch? Is it possible to retrain our brains and improve our relationship with it?
In Time Warped, Claudia Hammond offers insight into how to manage our time more efficiently, how to speed time up and slow it down at will, how to plan for the future with more accuracy, and she teaches how to use the warping of time to our own benefit.
- ISBN-13: 9780062225207
- ISBN-10: 0062225200
- Publisher: Harper Perennial
- Publish Date: May 2013
- Page Count: 342
- Dimensions: 8.08 x 5.21 x 0.82 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.58 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-03-11
- Reviewer: Staff
Whether you conceive of time as a “breeze” or a “crushing weight,” Hammond’s book is worth yours. Focusing on the experience of time rather than its “objective reality,” the award-winning science writer and BBC broadcaster demonstrates how the timely coordination of brain, nerves, and muscles is essential for everything from reading time tables to understanding spoken language. But, as everyone knows, time rarely seems to pass at a constant rate—it seems to slow when you are stressed, and go too fast while you are in vacation mode. As such, Hammond explores how time perception (or “mind time”) is “elastic”; investigates the various ways in which people conceive of time in spatial terms; and examines the various causes for the experience of distended or contracted time—depression, ADHD, chemical processes in the brain, and even temperature can fool us into the belief that time is speeding up or slowing down. Along the way, readers are introduced to curious characters like Bob Petrella, whose hyperthymesia makes it impossible to forget anything, and Michel Siffre, a French speleologist who spent months living underground to determine whether humans have an internal clock. This lively introduction to the psychology of time perception is an intriguing take on the fluidity of reality. Agents: David Miller, the Garamond Agency; Will Francis, Janklow & Nesbit (U.K.) Ltd. (June)