How does the human brain keep track of time? [VIDEO]

A little end-of-the-week brain candy. This video isn’t directly about web performance, but it’s about a fascinating overlapping area of study: how and why we perceive time the way we do. (Short answer: No one quite agrees on the how, though they have some theories about the why.)

Luke Jones of the University of Manchester talks about the fact that we’re uncannily good at telling the difference between durations of sound, down to one-tenths of a second, yet we’re terrible at predicting how long it’s going to take us to do something, especially if it’s something you’ve done before. (Apparently, we always underestimate.)

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