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The mysteries of time explained
24 July 2012
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Time shapes human life and behaviour, but how we experience it varies in different and important ways.
The August issue of The Psychologist explores this and more in a special edition on time.
Professor Dan Zakay answers some of those age old adages, like why a watched pot never boils and why time flies when you're having fun.
He says: "Psychological time is a complex notion reflected in many types of experiences. It is crucial in shaping a plethora of human behaviours. In the article I examine the role time plays in many everyday activities."
Continuing the special issue, Sylvie Droit-Volet explains what we can learn about the biological and cognitive basis of time from the way children judge duration.
Dr Ruth Ogden and Dr Catharine Montgomery look at the effect of drugs on the perception of time.
Penelope A. Lewis and Professor Warren H. Meck examine the importance of sleep to how we perceive time.
And Professor John Wearden discusses time perception, research into it and how it is used in film and music.
Elsewhere in the latest issue, Dr Jon Sutton, a Chartered Psychologist, investigates where Lego and psychology interact, with a little help from Professor Uta Frith DBE, who writes a love letter to the toy building bricks.
The Psychologist is the monthly magazine of the British Psychological Society (BPS).