Is Time on our Side?

Time slows down in an emergency. Why?

David Eagleman, profiled in The New Yorker (April 25), thinks our sense of time slows down when we process lots of sensory data. For instance, I accidentally step over a ledge - my brain throws all senses into gear searching for a way not to fall.

When we are engaged in learning, clock time "flies by" because our own time has slowed down, relatively. Brain studies have shown that we need to be re-engaged every 10-15 minutes.

Clearly, I need to find a way to organize my own classroom around a greater variety of tasks and axtivities.

View the original article in The New Yorker