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Hunting for time codes

  • In the 1950s, a standard treatment for epilepsy focused on removing parts of patient's brains, which also left them unable to form new long-term memories. It suggested that memory formation and time perception are tied to the medial temporal lobe.
  • Another study found that the brain doesn't waste time memorizing moments that are dull or non-essential, but memories are created when someone engages in actions that are free, engaging, or varied.
  • Time feels forever when it is spent in a boring environment, but in retrospect, it will not be remembered in detail. However, fascinating events that flew by will be full of memories and feel longer in retrospect.

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Research suggests new experiences could create more time codes in the human brain as it processes memory formation.

People tend to create internal narratives about themselves - a life full of rich and varied experiences will likely have a satisfying quality to it in retrospect. Having more control over your time can lead to more novel memories.

The brain can stretch or compress the feeling of time. Seconds of pain can feel like minutes, and hours spent at a party can feel like a moment.

Age is also a wealth-dependent factor in how we experience subjective time. A young person's eye will jiggle regularly to take in new stimuli. As a person ages, the eye muscles grow slower, and the brain receives less input. The brain also grows accustomed to a certain amount of ...

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