Although sensory neuroscience is a well-developed field, the perception of time is one of the richest and least-explored inroads we have into consciousness.
Author of “Incognito: The Hidden Life of the Brain” and “Sum: Tales from the Afterlives”, David Eagleman PhD will be discussing how although sensory neuroscience is a well-developed field, the perception of time is still shrouded in mystery.
How does the brain process, learn, and perceive time? Why does a clock sometimes appear stopped? Is it possible to perceive the world in slow motion during a car accident? Can we reverse the perception of action and effect, and what does that tell us about schizophrenia? Time perception is surprisingly prone to measurable distortions and illusions. Recent years have introduced remarkable progress in identifying and quantifying temporal illusions of duration, temporal order, and simultaneity.
The confederacy of recently discovered illusions points to the underlying neural mechanisms of time perception. Time is one of the richest and least-explored inroads we have into consciousness.
Date: Tuesday 5 April 2011
Age Appropriate: Adult audience.