Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception Paperback – 3 May 2012
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"A fascinating and at times mind-boggling book that will change the way you think about time" (Carl Wilkinson Financial Times)
"[A] lively account of our perception of time" (Robin McKie Observer)
"With an engaging, light touch, [Claudia Hammond] describes the ingenious experiments psychologists have devised to explore how our brains construct - and warp - time" (Richard Webb New Scientist)
"A serious, journalistic attempt to analyse existing research into the human perception of time" (Nick Curtis Evening Standard)
"Engaging throughout, Time Warped will give you a better idea of your personal measurement of time. It covers complex ideas...without any reduction of scope" (Ben Critchley We Love This Book)
"She weaves a beautifully constructed story out of the puzzles that preoccupy us about the way we experience time, and the cutting-edge science that tries to make sense of it" (Raymond Tallis Mail on Sunday)
"A fascinating new book... Time Warped is highly engaging and accessible" (Doug Johnstone Big Issue)
"Engagingly written and thoroughly accessible" (Good Book Guide)
"An engaging, well-paced ride through the worlds of psychology, biology and neuroscience. Claudia Hammond's style balances in-depth analysis with absorbing anecdote" (Top Sante Magazine)
"It is my hope that science writers take a leaf out of Hammond's book and learn to treat their subjects with the humour, sensitivity and warmth that here emanate from every page." (Dylan Evans Guardian, on Emotional Rollercoaster)
"An entertaining, informed guide to the responses that drive and colour our lives" (Independent on Emotional Rollercoaster)
"Hammond summaries a formidable array of current research, weaving this gently between personal anecdotes, detailed accounts of some of the more lurid and entertaining experiments and nuggets of hard fact." (Sunday Telegraph on Emotional Rollercoaster)
"Hammond's style is accessible and anecdotal, and her refusal to romanticise emotions is bracing." (Financial Times on Emotional Rollercoaster)
"Recommended . . . Hammond's conversational style is lively and entertaining, and her eagerness to ground theory in real-life examples hooks the reader from the outset . . . An entertaining yet comprehensive overview of emotions research . . . Emotional Rollercoaster is a most enjoyable journey . . . bound to appeal to a wide audience." (The Psychologist on Emotional Rollercoaster)
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The way that our brains percieve the passage of time is something we're all familiar with. Who hasn't wondered where the years have gone when children we remember being toddlers turn out to be doing their A levels? Or wondered why time drags in a queue, but races by when we're having fun? Cleverly, Claudia Hammond has chosen a topic thet just about everyone can relate to, but many people take completely for granted until they think about it. Hammond will tell you gripping stories of people who have either chosen, or been forced to, do precisely that. One of the most dramatic ones is that of the BBC correspondent Alan Johnston who was held hostage in Gaza, confined to one room with no idea how long he'd be held in captivity and, quite literally, nothing to do. Accounts like this bring what could have been a dry and academic subject to life.
Hammond is an excellent communicator, as those familiar with her work on BBC Radio 4 will know.Read more ›
I gradually gained a sense that a publisher may have approached Claudia because she is a presence on radio and television and suggested 'Go on! Write us a book about something'. Claudia claims that she has 'scoured the literature for what I believe to be the most informative studies on time...and the question now is how to put the knowledge into practice'. Erm, no; I don't want to. I wanted to read a book about the intangible essence of time, not how to consider problems such as failing to plan ahead. If I wanted that I would have bought an organiser.
There are a few interesting excursions in this book but my interest quickly waned and I also wondered if on completing Chapter 5 Claudia had asked the publisher 'is that enough yet?'. Some of the content would have made for an interesting article or two but for me it did not make a book. It felt as if material was stretched out and disparate sections added to make a 'book's worth'.
The pity is that if Claudia had stuck with the theme of the first two chapters and developed this in to a more coherent exploration of the subject, I would have found it a fascinating read. Perhaps next time; she is clearly capable of more than this book delivered for me.
To underline its many points, the book contains a host of anecdotes relating to time-linked experiences of many different individuals, from the prominent to the obscure, and a nice sprinkling of pithy quotes - I liked the one from, Kierkegarde, "Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards." The final 50-odd pages deal with how we can change our relationship with time and contains a plethora of advice to that end, based on scientifically-based research, including modern brain scanning techniques; so if you've ever wanted to know how to deal with the boredom of those long, tedious waits in the doctor's or hospital waiting rooms, this is for you. Some of the researched findings may seem like common sense, but it's nice to have them confirmed.
I rate popular science according to how easily it reads, and how well the writer can maintain my interest; this book scores well on both counts, and is unlikely to disappoint anyone - other than, perhaps, a competing psychologist.
This is an informative and well-judged book. As a psychologist and broadcaster, Hammond is happy to point out where the experiments are inconclusive and where there are still a number of plausible theories, rather than trying to sell us a particular point of view. Equally, she is very happy to give us fascinating nuggets on the way, such as that a 'moment' lasts 2-3 seconds for almost everyone, and that our body clocks operate to a strict 24 hour 31 minute time scale, which is then corrected by daylight -- as good an explanation as any as to why we would always prefer to sleep longer and stay up later.
In the best tradition of psychology related books, there are numerous exercises which you can do yourself which are used to prove the more implausible points, and are fun in themselves.
As well as analysing the theories which are current, the author neatly disposes of things which we all thought we knew. For example, the theory that time seems to speed up as you get older because -- proportionately to the rest of the life they've already experienced -- a year for a sixty year old is 1/10th as long as a year for a six year old turns out not to be true at all.
Wilkie Collins once wrote to Charles Dickens 'Make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, but above all, make 'em wait'. Claudia Hammond has taken this to heart more than any author I've ever read.Read more ›
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Time Warped: Unlocking the mysteries of time perception, by Claudia Hammond, Canongate, Edinburgh, 2012, 344 pp. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dr. H. A. Jones
Still working my way through this but enjoying it greatly. Very readable. A welcome relief from many a PhD thesis written down for the public. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Michael J. Young
This is fantastic all though i could do with slowing time down so i could read it lol i have read half the book and its very very interesting ;-)Published 17 months ago by karl
We bought this book at the Cheltenham literary where we saw Ms Hammond speak. Her performance was very poor, as is this book, unfortunately. Read morePublished 17 months ago by CB UK
Really interesting insights, backed up with famous experiments and examples made this a great introduction to the psychological study of time. Read morePublished 22 months ago by louise may
If your into psychology and how the mind works then this is for you, the added extra of how we view time makes for an intriguing read.Published on 17 April 2014 by MAF2013
The book is well written. However, the constant forward and backward references to other chapters makes it somewhat difficult to follow which example is supposed to support which... Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2013 by Frank Vandecruys
This book took my preconceived ideas of time, stood them on their head and then made me think long and hard. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2013 by bikerboy
I enjoyed learning some interesting things and gaining some valuable insights but I felt it took rather a long time to say it all.Published on 19 May 2013 by Christine Major