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Is there a scientific explanation for why time can feel like it is different durring different situations?

Say you have tryouts for something. When your done trying out you think oh god it must be hours later than when I started but as soon as you look at the clock it turns out only 5 mins have passed by.

Oh this example is the best. When your sleeping and you you go to sleep for 5 seconds and when you wake up it is half and hour later.

Why the eff does this happen?
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Sleep. It's just 'cause you're not concious and you don't notice time passing.
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because when you sleep your brain becomes unconcsious (sp?), therefore not being aware of time passing by.
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because when you sleep your brain becomes unconcsious (sp?), therefore not being aware of time passing by.


Part of it does.
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I wanna know why work drags so much when its not busy.
Every second feels like an eternity.
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cause time flies when you having fun, and slows down when you stressed
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I always find return car journeys go quicker than the outbound journey for some reason. Ann its not because i drive faster.
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#11
It's something to do with our brain's perception of time or something, and how we can control it to a certain extent. Or not control it, so it feels different, etc. This is the moment when I really wish I bothered to properly memorise New Scientist articles. The one thing I do remember is speculation that in the future, distant or not so very, we may well learn to change our perception of time when we want to, thus slowing or spedding up time. Awesome.
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I wanna know why work drags so much when its not busy.
Every second feels like an eternity.


Right. The brain can only handle 3 stimulii at once.
Whether its looking at something, hearing something, feeling something or any other, only 3 can be done at the same time.
Once something new is added, one of the 3 gets ignored.
(Note, people with epilepsy do not have this ability, hence why they get fits when their brain gets overloaded)

When you're busy working, the brain takes in different stimulii, but not time, hence why time feels like it's going so fast.

But when there's less work, time can act as a stimulus and make you more aware, making you feel it going slower.
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This is something I don't understand at all. The other thing is, how can time be different for different people?
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but how does that explain time feeling different for the first situation.

If your mind isn't distracted by any interesting activity you tend to pay more attention to time, hence it seeming to pass slowly. If you are engaged in something then you are paying less attention to it and therefore it feels as though it's moving faster
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I wanna know why work drags so much when its not busy.
Every second feels like an eternity.


It's probably cause you think more when your bored. Somewhat tires you out/slows you down. thats my guess. Thinking about **** can be more straining then actual work.
#16
I imagine it is just because you are not registering it so do not notice time passing but when you are forced to think about it you notice every second so it seems much slower.

/I had a go.
#17
If you hit your watch against a wall, then look at your watch to see if it still works it takes what feels like 10 seconds. It's solely because your brain goes in overdrive, and render's and processes more frames.
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I imagine it is just because you are not registering it so do not notice time passing but when you are forced to think about it you notice every second so it seems much slower.

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Is there a scientific explanation for why time can feel like it is different durring different situations?

Say you have tryouts for something. When your done trying out you think oh god it must be hours later than when I started but as soon as you look at the clock it turns out only 5 mins have passed by.
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Oh this example is the best. When your sleeping and you you go to sleep for 5 seconds and when you wake up it is half and hour later.

Why the eff does this happen?
You lost consciousness therefore you were not conscious of time.
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This is something I don't understand at all. The other thing is, how can time be different for different people?
It isn't, you're ability to judge it is.
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It's DMT. For those of you who don't know, DMT is a hallucinogenic chemical. It also exists naturally in our bodies and is released by our brains during REM sleep. DMT is what causes us to dream. It also causes a distortion of time.
During times of inactivity, your brain releases small amounts of DMT, which causes you to feel as though time is moving slower than it really is. When you're active, your brain doesn't release any, so you don't feel that distortion of time that you do during a slow work day or a period of boredom.
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Oh this example is the best. When your sleeping and you you go to sleep for 5 seconds and when you wake up it is half and hour later.


hate that. has made me late so many times.
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I always find return car journeys go quicker than the outbound journey for some reason. Ann its not because i drive faster.



i notice that too... its odd....
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I wonder if there is some sort of science behind the feeling of a day..

like when you say "oh it feels like a wednesday" on a saturday or something.

and i hate the feeling of thursdays.. they always just end up being ****.
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I wonder if there is some sort of science behind the feeling of a day..

like when you say "oh it feels like a wednesday" on a saturday or something.

and i hate the feeling of thursdays.. they always just end up being ****.


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#29
Your brain can slow your perception of time to an extent. For example if you're a wide receiver (in american football) and you're about to make a catch, you brain would divert most of your sensory impulses to your vision. Basically it would increase the 'frame rate' of your vision so to speak, and time would seem to slow down.
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I always find return car journeys go quicker than the outbound journey for some reason. Ann its not because i drive faster.

I think that has to do with anticipation. When the anticipation is high, or at least higher, at the prospect of arriving somewhere new it will seem longer. But when you're going home the anticipation is lower because it's not new or exciting and the time just goes quickly because you aren't really actively thinking about it.