Saturday, October 12, 2013 9 Comments
A Source of Struggles
in Alphabet City
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Part of ADD Coaching Skills Series
According to Eagleman and his lab, we humans are more than passive observers where time is concerned.
We are not merely watching the river of time flow by as if time happened TO us, or we happened IN time.
As with visual illusions and perceptions, science is learning that our brains are actively constructing time.
Re-engineering Brain Resources
In Eagleman’s words, “It turns out that [time perception] has everything to do with novelty, and with how much energy your brain has to expend.
So, when you can predict something, not only does your consciousness not come online, but [the event] feels like it goes [by] very fast.
- So, driving to work [seems] very fast; but the very first time you did it, it seemed to take a long time because of the novelty, AND
- the amount of brain-power you had to burn the first time you did it — before you were able to predict it.
Essentially what prediction means, if it’s something you’re doing a lot, you’re actually reconfiguring the circuitry of the brain.
- You’re actually getting stuff down into [your brain’s sub-conscious] circuitry, which gives you speed and efficiency, but at the cost of conscious access.
- So, if you’re learning to do something new, like playing tennis or riding a bicycle or something, at first you have to pay a lot of conscious attention
- After a while you don’t have to, because you’ve changed the circuitry of your brain — but at the cost of being able to consciously know what you’re doing.”