Thursday, 12 July 2012

Χρόνος στάσις

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, July 12, 2012 with 1 comment

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
“The term chronostasis (from greek χρόνος, chrónos, "time" and στάσις "standing") refers to the illusion in which the first impression following a saccade appears to be extended in time. The most well-known version of this illusion is the stopped-clock illusion, where the first movement of the second hand of a clock following the viewer directing attention to the clock appears to take longer than the next movement.

“Experiments have shown that this illusion is probably caused by the way in which the brain attempts to construct a continuous consciousness experience in spite of quick eye movements (saccades). Although this effect is present with all eye movements, it is most noticeable when an external time-keeping source is observed.

“This effect is not only present in visual observation, but is also noticed with auditory stimuli.”

This is the reverse of what happens when you are running up the finishing straight in any foot race. The finish line clock fairly races along.

Customs 5k last Friday: Caroline 27:52.

1 comment:

  1. You can say that again! Perhaps if I don't watch the finish-line clock it'll take pity on me and go slower?