psychology

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Why time feels weird right now

For Reuters, Feilding Cage provides a series of interactive tidbits to demonstrate why time perception feels like a mess these days. Various factors skew our perception different directions. On emotion: A busy day usually goes by quickly, but for some the opposite is true in 2020. Frontline healthcare workers, for example, know they are at high risk of exposure to the coronavirus, and the resulting anxiety heightens their attentiveness and...

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Decision-making with big numbers we can’t really see

In a 2005 paper “If I look at the mass I will never act”: Psychic numbing and genocide, Paul Slovic discusses big numbers, how we perceive them as they increase, and the importance of designing for our emotional and analytical systems. [W]e are incapable of feeling the humanity behind the number 1,198,500,000. The circuitry in our brain is not up to this task. This same incapacity is echoed by Nobel...

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