David Eagleman: Novelty Can Change Your Perception of Time [VIDEO]
In his talk, Eagleman said that seeking novelty can help you feel as if time is moving slower and you are living longer. It won't actually make you live longer, he explains jokingly, but processing new memories and doing new things can have the effect of slowing down time. "Make sure you stretch your mental landscape by putting yourself in situations where you are learning something new," he advises. Take a new route home from work or rearrange your desk when you get home, he says, and this formation of new memories will change your perception of time. In this speech, and others like it, the Guggenheim Fellow provides audiences with eye-opening ideas about the way that their brains function. Eagleman is a renowned neuroscientist and author of Incognito, Live-Wired, and Wednesday is Indigo Blue. He also regularly contributes to The New York Times, Wired, Discover, Slate, and New Scientist. Whether it's in writing or on stage, he frequently changes perceptions on the human mind and helps us understand why we do the things we do.