Quote for Today: Burkhard Bilger

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One of the seats of emotion and memory in the brain is the amygdala, he explained. When something threatens your life, this area seems to kick into overdrive, recording every last detail of the experience. The more detailed the memory, the longer the moment seems to last. “This explains why we think that time speeds up when we grow older,” Eagleman said–why childhood summers seem to go on forever, while old age slips by while we’re dozing. The more familiar the world becomes, the less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems to pass.

3 thoughts on “Quote for Today: Burkhard Bilger

  1. First Night Design Reply

    Yes, indeed. I wonder if consciously trying to note down every detail, even familiar aspects, can reverse this speeded up feeling. Driving me mad at 57! Hope you’ll have a moment to visit my blog soon!

    • katmcdaniel Reply

      I think this is why we travel and why we do extreme sports. 🙂 I’ll have some time this weekend to write and to visit. January has been a busy month! Thanks for stopping by.

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