The world’s clocks implacably mark every passing second, minute, and hour. But to humans, seconds of pain can feel like minutes, hours spent at a party can end in a blink, and a week of drudging through paperwork can vanish from the mind entirely.
A woman receives a manicure and pedicure from an at-home beauty service in New York during the coronavirus pandemic. Emerging research suggests that wealth may be a factor in whether your brain makes more “time codes” as you form memories, giving you a subjectively longer life in retrospect.
The brain can stretch or compress the feeling of time for many reasons, including pleasure, pain, fear, age—and even the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although the science behind this “subjective time” is not fully understood, some research suggests that an additional factor might influence the subjective length of