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From scientific to surreal: delving into how the mind tackles time

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An illustration of connections in a human brain. Illustration by Holly Wilder/USC.

Past, present, future. These time concepts are universally familiar.

We put the past behind us, have hope for the future and grasp at life in the now. But research shows an internal “clock” isn’t responsible for how we understand the passing hours. So how do we keep track?

In his new book, “Your Brain is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time,” neuroscientist Dean Buonomano deconstructs the ways we experience time and it’s connection to reality. Things like distractions, stress and focus contribute to how we wrap our head around life’s moments. And does “here and now” differ from “way back when,” or is it all happening at once? Larry speaks to Buonomano today about the ins and outs of the human brain and demystifying concepts behind the way we feel time.


Dean Buonomano, Ph.D., professor of behavioral science at UCLA and author of “Your Brain is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time” (W.W. Norton and Company, 2017); he tweets @DeanBuono

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