Session: Time Warped
Thursday, October 2, 2014
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Few things are more perplexing to us than the concept of time. While we often think of time as being a kind of external objective reality…science and psychology tells us that it is, in fact, a relative and highly subjective experience. BBC reporter and psychologist Claudia Hammond delves into how our mind experiences, perceives and processes time…and is even capable of “time-travel”.
Claudia Hammond is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and psychology lecturer. She is the presenter of “All in the Mind & Mind Changers” on BBC Radio 4 and Health Check on BBC World Service Radio and BBC World News TV. She is a columnist for BBC.com and regularly appears on Impact on BBC World News to discuss research in psychology. Hammond is on the part-time faculty at Boston University’s London base where she lectures in health and social psychology.
She is the author of two psychology books – Emotional Rollercoaster: a Journey Through the Science of Feelings and Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception.
- Focus: subjective, relative experience of time vs external, objective reality
- We actively construct our experience of time
- oddball effect
- role of emotion
- ego-moving metaphor
- reminiscence bump between ages 15-25
- holiday paradox. Prospective / retrospective
- creation of new memories
- planning fallacy. Things always take longer – the bigger, the longer. Faulty premises. We will have more time and be better organized
- physics: time is an illusion – but our commonsense perception of it doesn’t change because of that. Example: Sunset
- being taken out of time: absorption in flow