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Time Perception

  • Ernst Pöppel
Part of the Handbook of Sensory Physiology book series (SENSORY, volume 8)


The experience of time and how it might be explained has always been a persistent challenge. One of the most compelling analyses of subjective time is the one given by Augustinus (397/398 A.D.) in the 11th book of his “Confessions.” His ideas about the subjective measurement of time are still impressive today; he relates time to the perception of events, an idea that recently has been discussed by Gibson (1973, “Events are perceivable but time is not”). This chapter has been written in order to argue for such a substitution of time perception by event perception. It shall further be argued that in order to deal with human time perception one has to establish a taxonomy of temporal experiences. It appears that different unrelated temporal experiences are often subsumed under the term time perception and that many controversies found in the literature on subjective time stem from an absence of such a taxonomy of temporal experiences.


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