The Awareness of the Passage of Time Sylvie Droit-Volet (Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale et Cognitive, CNRS, Universite Clermont Auvergne, CNRS, Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand France) PL1
For decades, behavioral sciences have studied how humans accurately judge time. Now they are taking a closer look at the conditions under which they fail to do so and why, in order to test the limits of a possible internal timing system (i.e., an internal clock). They have also begun to experimentally examine the awareness of the passage of time. The purpose of this conference is to present our recent experimental studies on the subjective experience of time and its relation with the perception of durations in different time ranges from a few seconds to several minutes. Changes in the subjective experience of time as we age and with altered states of consciousness will be also considered. The key role of introspective analysis of self in time (self-time), i.e. when we experience the feeling of lasting, will be defended with the support of recent results on the importance of the awareness of the body-self in the processing of time.