Last updated: May 5, 2012 12:12 am

Mind time

Why do summer holidays seem to fly by, and big news events feel like they happened longer ago than they really did?
 

Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception, by Claudia Hammond, Canongate, RRP£14.99, 352 pages

Why does your summer holiday seem to fly by, yet when you get home it feels like you’ve been away for an age? And how is it that big news events feel like they happened longer ago than they really did?

In Time Warped, Claudia Hammond delves into the psychology, neuroscience and biology behind our perception of time. Exploring how and why we perceive time as we do (some of us see decades stretching ahead like a row of dominoes, others see a spiral) and what causes our “mind time” to alter so drastically in moments of high stress, fear or rejection, Hammond seamlessly blends interviews, anecdotes and some particularly wacky science experiments to show how time works on us.

Hammond, a psychology lecturer and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind, has written a fascinating and at times mind-boggling book that will change the way you think about time.

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