Time will tell

Despite numerous studies, it is still a mystery how the brain measures time. How could a stunt man perform life threatening stunts where split second timing is crucial, when our brain couldn’t measure time precisely? On the other hand we know that our perception of time can be quite out of touch with reality. I guessed I have made this mind map within one hour, but it appears I have spent actually almost two hours. Could it be that being focused (I was using the pomodoro technique) has slowed down my internal clock? Our “flawed” perception of time is beautifully expressed by a line from Bob Dylan’s song Time passes slowly: “Time passes slowly up here in the mountains”. Is there a part of the brain that keeps track of time? Probably not. Possible all neurons are active in this process. Stimuli create neural patterns making it possible to process time. Comparable to tossing pebble into the water. The ripples produced act like a signature of the pebble’s entry time. A widely accepted hypothesis says that the brain monitors time with a clock-like mechanism, which generates and counts regular fixed pulses. It could be well possible that, if this is the case, several clocks are active at the same time. Knowledge of how the brain processes time, could be used performing mind hacks to optimise time management.

About Hans Buskes

I am a professional mindmapper, I help companies map their business, I am author of two mindmap books. My clients are law firms, municipalities, banks, consultancies and high-tech companies.
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