Time Warped

Time Warped

Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception

Book - 2013
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Drawing on recent scientific research, looks into the nature of time perception and offers insight into ways of managing time, planning for the future, and generally taking advantage of the quirks of time perception.
Publisher: New York, New York : Harper Perennial, [2013]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062225207
Branch Call Number: Health & Wellness 153.753 HAM


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Sep 09, 2018

Hammond's background is in radio shows. Her style is breezy and engaging.
To the extent that presentation can make Serious content painless, she does. I happened to see another similar title, Felt Time, shelved next to it, so borrowed both. What a contrast- the latter, a translation from German, was competent but flat-footed, 'just-the-facts-mam', and i just couldn't force myself to plod through it.
The first half of Hammond's book, on how most people at least weakly visualize time in terms of space was exotic, fascinating, and i urge anybody with any interest in psychology to read it.
By serious values of fun, this intro to memory is fun.

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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