On the perceived speed of time over time

James M. Tien, James P. Burnes

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`I don't believe it: another year has flown by - it seems that time is going by at an ever-faster rate.' This often expressed perception of time, actually the speed of time, is both qualitatively and quantitatively explored herein. While the speed of time is clearly invariant (at least on earth and at traveling speeds that are orders of magnitude below the speed of light), there are ample and plausible evidence that serve to contribute to our perception of a faster moving time. More specifically, it seems that both nature and nurture impact or influence our perception of time and the speed of time. In this exploratory study, we have briefly reviewed the cognition and related literature to understand why the older we get, the more we perceive the speed of time to increase - there is a clinical reason for this aging phenomenon. We then showed that environmental or experiential factors can also effect our perceived speed of time. Indeed, although the results should be considered preliminary, our analysis suggests that the nurture-related experience may have a stronger impact on our perceived speed of time than the nature-related perception (i.e., due to aging).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-587
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event2000 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Nashville, TN, USA
Duration: Oct 8 2000Oct 11 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture


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