Sense of time: what is it and how can it be measured? What does it depend on whether time flies, stretches like chewing gum or even stands still? How can the perception of time be manipulated and how and who could such manipulation help? The podcast conversation with Marc Wittmann explores these questions. He is a psychologist, philosopher, author and works at the Institute for Border Areas of Psychology and Psychohygiene in Freiburg.
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The perception of time is related to the whole body
Wittmann has been dealing with the topic of time perception for many years. It’s not just a matter of the head, rather it has to do with the whole body, he says – and also that the sense of time is often researched using very simple means, but in more extreme cases it can sometimes involve a drop tower and a flu patient. The manipulation of the sense of time is also the subject of research, for example with the help of VR glasses or a water basin.
The researcher explains what the perception of time has to do with our consciousness, why understanding it is important for the treatment of mental illnesses and how it reacts to the increasingly digital world. The importance of such findings is now recognized, he says. The times when research into the perception of time was laughed at as orchid science are over.
The entire conversation – as an audio stream (RSS feed):
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