Study: Awe-Inspiring Experiences Change Our Perception of Time

first_imgThe Atlantic:Here’s a question addressed straight to the soul (and the hippocampus): what are your most memorable moments of awe?If you’re like me, those moments are a bit difficult to specify and describe. If I really put my mind to it, images of a particularly fantastic (and almost destructive) fireworks display, as well as a car ride through the mountains of Wyoming, resurface.Admittedly, awe is a tricky thing to qualify– and for that matter, to quantify. As a subjective emotion, it’s going to be felt differently by each individual, and for different reasons. What one person considers an awesome sight or experience might be met with ambivalence in another.Still, a new study by three psychology scientists (forthcoming in Psychological Science) offers valuable insight into the universal power of awe.Although the study looks to investigate several aspects of this emotion, the initial — and perhaps most intriguing– hypothesis is pretty striking: the experience of awe will expand your perception of time.In order to prove this theory, and to better understand the effects of awe on the human psyche, scientists Rudd, Vohs, and Aaker conducted three experiments.Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Japan’s Nishikori knocked out in Monte Carlo

first_imgJapan’s Kei Nishikori lost his opening match of the clay season on Wednesday, with Asia’s top player crashing to a 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the Monte Carlo Masters.Fifth seed Nishikori reached the final here last year but will lose a chunk of ranking points after he hit 25 unforced errors and just 14 winners in succumbing to Frenchman Herbert.Nishikori will now move on to Barcelona next week, where he owns two titles as he works on his clay form as the run-up to Roland Garros intensifies.Herbert, who overcame Fernando Verdasco in the first round, struck 31 winners in his upset to avenge a three-set loss to Nishikori in Rotterdam earlier this season.“I’m very happy to finally beat Kei,” the 49th-ranked Herbert said. “I was very confident with my defence.“I came to the match with good feelings after the first round.”Nishikori lost the Monte Carlo final a year ago to 11-time champion Rafael Nadal.last_img read more

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