My lab focuses on how the mind percieves time during moments of crisis. We often hear that "time slows down" when we experience something like a fall from a roof, or a car accident. Why is this? See below for a number of media appearances where I discuss this phenomenon and what we think is really happening.
David discusses how time could very well be a construct of the human mind in this episode of "Through The Wormhole."
Listen as the guys at RadioLab bring the whole experience of free-falling, and how it seems to make time slow down, to life.
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 50 miles per hour when they hit the net.
(in Spanish / En Español)
Want more details? The results of our experiment are published here.
New Scientist magazine recently featured our time perception research as their cover story.
In the wake of the Aurora movie theater shooting, many people had the same questions: What kind of derangement is indicated by the horrific acts of James Holmes? What is wrong with his brain? How will his mental state play out in the courts?
To the extent that consciousness is useful, it is useful in small quantities, and for very particular kinds of tasks. It's easy to understand why you would not want to be consciously aware of the intricacies of your muscle movement, but this can be less intuitive when applied to your perceptions, thoughts, and beliefs, which are also final products of…
Watch a talk I gave at the Long Now Foundation about my hopes that the advent of the internet will mitigate threats that brought down previous civilizations.
SUM at the Royal Opera House
SUM has been turned into an opera at the Royal Opera House in London (Composer: Max Richter, Director: Wayne McGregor). The London Evening Standard hails the opera as "immersive, meditative and sweetly fascinating". Read about the background of the collaboration in Wired.