Time perception on the Discovery Channel

Here's an experiment in which my lab studied time perception by dropping volunteer subjects from a 150 foot high tower.  Free fall.  Subjects are going 70 miles per hour when the hit the net.   

Want more details?  The results of our experiment are published here.

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