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Originally posted by seb2882
Here's a weird one: I came back recently from a 3 month stay in another country, in a very different latitude than mine. I CAN SWEAR that time passed noticeably slower there. I never believed or experienced this kind of phenomena and sadly I see no way to back up my words with something concrete, but I know it wasn't just my perception.
I would like to know if someone else experienced this, having been in a very different latitude than their home. I insist on "latitude" since it's the only thing I can come up with to try to explain this to myself.
Experiments with trained rats also show they can keep time, and their clock speeds up if the animals are given amphetamines or coc aine. "We assume it's the same for humans when they are taking amphetamines," says Mr Mattel. "If they are asked to time one minute, only a few seconds will pass before they say the time is up. That suggests that something in the brain is guiding our perception of time."
Dopamine, a brain chemical, is the most likely explanation. Increased dopamine levels cause the pendulum to swing faster. while low dopamine levels slow it down. The level of this chemical dwindles with age, so the pendulum swings slower.
Mr Matell explains: "If you ask an older person to mentally time an hour, they will all overestimate it. To them, an hour feels like 40 minutes because their clock is running slower. That's why they think time passes so quickly."