dragon wench wrote:More so, I mean the way that time seems to somehow contract or expand, almost creating a sense that you have stepped into some kind of alternate dimension where your awareness of time passing has become subtly altered.
My perception and subjective experience of time is very irregular compared to the objective time, and I am quite used to just ignoring this. I often feel two weeks have passed when it's merely a day, and sometimes (very rarely though) I feel like there are "gaps" in time, it just passes by without me having any conscious experience of it so it's just like it has disappeared.
Time perception has a relationship to state of mind and state of consciousness. This is quite complicated and I won't go into any details, but higher arousal level like the so called "flow" state are associated with a slower time experience.
In my personal case, I am very lucky because I perceive time as passing more slowly the more fun I have and the more concentrated am
Or there is the case of friendships, where you have known somebody for years, sometimes even intimately (emotionally and/or physically), yet in some ways it feels as though you only met yesterday.
This is something completely else. It's also quite complicated, but it is for sure related to what is the core features of your relationship and how stable are those features, and what is your reference frames. It is also related to how memory function works - our memory reconstructs reality and constantly integrate the past with the present which also can result in a feeling of complete familiarity since part of this process is altering our memories to fit the present information. For those of you who are interested in such things, I heartily recommend Antonio Damasio's "Descarte's error" and "The feeling of what happens". http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/med/neurology/neurologymds/damasioa.html
Damasio is a neuroscientist, but he is one of the best popular science writers I know.
Regarding friends, yes I also have some friends who I may not have been in contact with for a long time, but when we have it feels like yesterday. I also have some friends who, shortly after I met them, felt like I had known them for ages.
I have always found it fascinating how the passage of time seems to bend..
Curved spacetime, eh?
Okay - experiment is perhaps a big word when on Discovery wrote:
Far to big, yes, - "experiment" is a word that usually denotes a condition of systematic data collection where possible error sources are controlled as much as possible. In human research where only 1 subject or 1 subject in each condition is used, the term "case study" is more correct.
Well - our messaurement of time doesn't change (even when listening to ABBA ).
Objective time measurement and human perception and interpretation of time, is not necessarily well correlated. In my own case, they don't seem to be correlated at all
@Chimaera and Generic: The most common explanation of why we perceive a certain amount of time, for instance a year, as longer when we are children than when we are adults, is that the perception of one year is relative to how long time we have lived. When you are 5 years, 1 year is 20% of your entire life, and about half of the time you can remember. When you are 40 years, one year is only 2.5% of your life.