Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception

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Canongate, 2012 - Time - 342 pages
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Winner of the 2013 British Psychological Society's Book Awards Popular Science category.Have you ever tried to spend a day without looking at a clock or checking your watch? It's almost impossible. Time rules our lives, but how much do we understand about it? And is it possible to retrain our brains and improve our relationship with it? Drawing on the latest research from the fields of psychology, neuroscience and biology, and using original research on the way memory shapes our understanding of time, the acclaimed writer and broadcaster Claudia Hammond delves into the mysteries of time perception.Along the way, Claudia introduces us to an extraordinary array of characters willing to go to great lengths in the interests of research, such as the French speleologist Michel, who spends two months in an ice cave in complete darkness. We meet one group of volunteers who steer themselves towards the edge of a stairwell, blindfolded, and another who are strapped into a harness and dropped off the edge of tower block.Time Warped shows us how to manage our time more efficiently, speed time up and slow it down at will, plan for the future with more accuracy and, ultimately, use the warping of time to our own advantage.

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Why does time speed up as we age? Why does time crawl when we aren't having fun? Why is there never enough of it? Why can we never judge accurately how much time things are going to take? Why can't we ... Read full review

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Why does time speed up as we age? Why does time crawl when we aren't having fun? Why is there never enough of it? Why can we never judge accurately how much time things are going to take? Why can't we ... Read full review

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Claudia Hammond is a writer, broadcaster and psychology lecturer. She is the voice of psychology on BBC Radio 4 and presents All in the Mind and Mind Changers as well as the landmark series on the social history of mental health in the UK, State of Mind. She is the author of one previous book, Emotional Rollercoaster, and is also a part-time member of faculty at Boston University in London.Hammond won the British Psychological Society's Public Engagement and Media Award in 2012, given for making an outstanding contribution to raising the profile of psychology with the general public, and Mind's Making a Difference Award in 2011, given to those who set the agenda and initiate change in the field of mental health. She also lectures in psychology for Boston University.Time Warped won the 2013 British Psychological Society's Book Awards Popular Science category.www.claudiahammond.comFollow the conversation on Twitter #TimeWarped

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