Biased Time Perception – Mind Time, Clock Time, and Einstein


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Kathryn Welds | Curated Research and Commentary

Eminent physicist and everyone’s favorite genius, Albert Einstein, suggested that most people have a biased perception of time: “The distinction between past, present and future is an illusion, although a persistent one.”

More than half a century after Einstein’s groundbreaking theories of relativity a pioneering psychologist   Rorschach expert Molly Harrower illustrated the emotional component of time perception in apoem she wrote during a time of personal transition and loss:

Molly Harrower-Therapy of poetryAccording to Einstein,
The faster we travel
The slower time passes
But the loneliness factor
Is constant

By the time that Harrower published her The Therapy of Poetry in 1972, experimental psychologists from Wilhelm Wundt to Paul Fraisse and Kurt Lewin measured the psychophysics of time perceptions.

Stanford’s Philip Zimbardo with John Boydextended this work to demonstrate how time perspective – whether past, present or future and tinged with negative or positive emotion – is…

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