When Time Seems To Stop, Blame Your Over-Prepared Brain

Time flies when you’re having fun, but why does it slow down when you’re staring at a clock, specifically an analog clock? University of Aberdeen researchers says the ‘standstill’ (the nickname for the illusion) occurs because our brains anticipate what we will see before we actually view it. So why? When we shift our gaze, everything shifts position on the retina. To ensure we don’t get disoriented by those changes, our brain creates and updates a sort of interactive map of what’s around us to fill in the gaps between those changes. A similar study in 2009 found that on average, clock gazers set the time as 39 milliseconds earlier than what actually was displayed on the clock. (PopSci