Saturday, December 1, 2012

Time Perception Disorder

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The following clip retells a very simple experiment that shows us just how easy it is to induce time perception disorder in normal people:

Back in 2006, David Eagleman and his team conducted an experiment in which subjects were simply asked to press a button. Doing so would instantly cause a nearby light bulb to blink. The researchers then added a slight tenth of a second delay between the press of the button and the light coming on and asked subjects to continue pressing the button. For the grand finale, the researchers removed the delay and watched as something completely perplexing happened. The subjects, utterly flabbergasted, insisted that the light would come on before they even pressed the button!

-posted by Ross Pomeroy at Thu, 30 Aug 2012

"Why Do Schozophrenics Hear Voices", Real Clear Science

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