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 2011, I posted about my scanning of a 3,000 year old mummy, Neskhons. Now, by analyzing the data in several different ranges of electron density, I've found something unexpected: inside the mummy's torso are 4 small funerary amulets.
What could explain Anders Breivik's shooting attack in Oslo, Norway? While this was being debated from the angles of politics, religion, and sociology, I wanted to ask this from the viewpoint of neurobiology.
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…
David was honored to receive the 2014 John J. McGovern Award for Excellence in Biomedical Education from the American Medical Writers' Assocation. Noted past recipients include authors Oliver Sacks and Abraham Verghese.