Time Warped

Time Warped

Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception

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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Perennial, [2013].
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013.
ISBN: 9780062225207
0062225200
Branch Call Number: 153.753 HAMMOND
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm

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A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: A great primer on where brain research has gotten us when it comes to understanding the human conception of time. Hammond fills in the research with stories of wacky time experiments and some exercises to try and trips to follow to help the reader control time.

ksoles Jan 07, 2013

A young Frenchman chooses to maroon himself in the darkness of an ice cave for two months, volunteers step blindfolded to the very edge of a deadly drop down a stairwell and a woman makes copious notes on her daily life for five years and tests herself every month on how accurately she recalls them. These crazy stunts represent just some of the lengths people go to to test human perception of time.

In "Time Warped," BBC reporter Claudia Hammond attempts to answer a few of many questions on the subject of time: Why does it seem like only yesterday that our university aged children were toddlers? Why does time drag in a grocery store line-up but fly during pleasurable events? Hammond communicates her research excellently and tells gripping stories to enhance the science, including that of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, held hostage in Gaza and confined to one room with no idea how long he'd be held in captivity and, quite literally, nothing to do.

At its most fascinating, the book discusses how people literally picture time. Do you see it running away from you, or yourself running towards it? Why do some people imagine the months going counter-clockwise around a wheel? Does your concept of "before" and "after" vary according to whether you write your language right to left or left to right? And, finally, can you really be sure (and if so, how?) you remember the year Princess Diana died?

Informative, stimulating and accessible, "Time Warped" proves a worthy addition to anyone's non-fiction list.

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