Summary #1302

Reasons Revealed for the Brain’s Elastic Sense of Time

quantamagazine.org
  • Our perception of time changes all the time, and new study suggests that time perception is linked to our brain’s mechanism for learning through rewards.
  • Time perception is also linked to our brain’s ever-changing expectations about what will happen next, and dopamine plays a big role in how we experience time.
  • It happens in several brain regions, and it influences reinforcement learning, meaning that time perception is a part of how we learn things.
  • This study shows that when unexpected good things happen, they seem to last long, and when unexpected bad things happen, they seem to last less time.

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