A fascinating and mind-bending journey through the science of time perception
Winner of the 2013 British Psychological Society’s Book Awards Popular Science category.
Time rules our lives, but how much do we really understand it?
In Time Warped, we meet the people willing to go to extreme lengths to find out. They travel to Costa Rica to find out if hummingbirds can sense the passage of time, they walk towards the edge of a stairwell blindfolded and one man spends two months in an ice cave in total darkness - all in an attempt to fathom the tricks time can play on our minds.
Drawing on the latest research from psychology, neuroscience and biology, award-winning BBC Radio4 presenter Claudia Hammond delves into the mysteries of time perception. She shows us how to manage time more efficiently, why it speeds up as you get older and, ultimately, how to use the warping of time to our own advantage.
“A fascinating and at times mind-boggling book that will change the way you think about time”
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“[A] lively account of our perception of time”
“With an engaging, light touch, [Claudia Hammond] describes the ingenious experiments psychologists have devised to explore how our brains construct - and warp - time”
“A serious, journalistic attempt to analyse existing research into the human perception of time”
“Engaging throughout, Time Warped will give you a better idea of your personal measurement of time. It covers complex ideas…without any reduction of scope”
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Claudia Hammond is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and psychology lecturer. She is the voice of psychology on BBC Radio 4, where she is the presenter of All in the Mind and Mind Changers. She is the author of three books, Emotional Rollercoaster, Time Warped, winner of the popular science category of the British Psychological Society Book Award 2013, and most recently Mind Over Money. She is also a part-time member of faculty at Boston University in London. Hammond has been awarded the British Psychological Society’s Public Engagement and Media Award, Mind’s Making a Difference Award, the Society of Personality and Social Psychology’s Media Achievement Award and the Public Understanding of Neuroscience Award from the British Neuroscience Association.
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