By Aditya Shukla, Psychologist and founder (Cognition Today)
We look at clocks; we learn what an hour is. We look at the sun; we know what a day is. That's just how we calculate time, but our brain "feels" time very differently.
People feel time slows down when they are scared. Like when they are having an accident. Researchers have figured out this is the key to understanding time.
Time is slow
Time is fast
A high amount of details to process makes time move slower. So you feel the moment lasts longer. You remember it in detail.
A low amount of details to process makes time move faster. So you feel the moment got over too quickly. You hardly remember it.
This is why time slows down during an accident. Your senses and brain are hyperactive in processing the situation, making you alert and ready to save yourself or someone else.
that the more details we are putting into a memory, the longer the duration of that memory feels. And the opposite - fewer details means the time moved past quickly.