Title

Aging And The Speed Of Time

Abstract

Correlational and experimental methods provide evidence relevant to seven theories of humans' general impressions of the speed of time, including theories of the purported subjective acceleration of time with aging. A total of 1865 adults from two countries, ranging in age from 16 to 80, reported how fast time appears to pass over different spans of time. Other measures tapped the experience of life changes and time pressure, and experimental manipulations were used to test two models based on forward telescoping and difficulty of recall. Respondents of all ages reported that time seems to pass quickly. In contrast to widely held beliefs, age differences in reports of the subjective speed of time were very small, except for the question about how fast the last 10 years had passed. Findings support a theory based on the experience of time pressure.

Publisher

Elsevier

Publication Date

6-1-2010

Publication Title

Acta Psychologica

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1016/j.actpsy.2010.01.004

Keywords

Time perception, Subjective speed of time, Aging, Time pressure

Language

English

Format

text

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