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    Tool Module: Your “Mental Stopwatch”

    But this model, which treats duration estimates as something that the brain calculates independently, then adds to our other mental processes, has now been set aside in favour of other models in which the calculation of duration is intrinsically linked to the basic information coming from our sensory inputs. For example, researchers such as Warren H. Meck, of Duke University in North Carolina, have developed a new theory of the mental stopwatch, based on the detection of coinciding oscillations in neural activity.

    Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has played a major role in this research, by letting scientists more accurately observe the brain structures involved in estimating intervals and the chronological sequence in which these structures are activated. Through fMRI, it has been shown that when the brain performs an interval-estimation task, it is the basal ganglia that are activated first, and in particular the striatum, which has a population of richly interconnected neurons that receive signals from many other parts of the brain. The dendrites of these neurons are covered with 10 000 to 30 000 dendritic spines, each of which receives information from a different neuron located in another area of the brain. The striatum is one of the very few places in the brain where there is such a convergence of thousands of neurons on single neurons.
    Originally posted by Bendito
    If we get to a stop and we are missing a dozen bikes and you are last, it was your fault. Don't be that guy. No one likes that guy.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by fatboy247 View Post
      TL;DR
      ^covered within the article

      Your subjective perception of time passing is closely connected to how much attention you are paying to the time interval in question. If you find the material that you are reading right now intriguing, then the time you spend reading it will seem short. But if you find it boring, then the time will seem long.
      Originally posted by Bendito
      If we get to a stop and we are missing a dozen bikes and you are last, it was your fault. Don't be that guy. No one likes that guy.

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      • #4
        So for a long life - bore the shit out of yourself as much as possible!
        Whatcha gonna do? Rap is not afraid of you
        Beat is for Sonny Bono, beat is for Yoko Ono

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