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The Deceptive Watchman: How Our Brains Twist Time

A second doesn’t always feel like a second—time can seem to slow down if you’re riding a death-defying roller coaster, or speed up while you’re having a night out on the town. But just what’s going on inside our heads to skew our perception of time? Neuroscientists Lila Davachi, Dean Buonomano, David Eagleman, and Kia Nobre discuss findings from the latest scientific investigations into the intricacies of our internal clocks in “The Deceptive Watchman,” a program in the Big Ideas series at the 2014 World Science Festival.

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Moderator

John HockenberryJournalist

Three-time Peabody Award winner, four-time Emmy Award winner, and Dateline NBC correspondent John Hockenberry has broad experience as a journalist and commentator for more than two decades. Hockenberry is the anchor of the public radio show The Takeaway on WNYC and PRI.

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Participants

Lila DavachiNeuroscientist

Lila Davachi is Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Director of the Center for Learning, Memory and Emotion at New York University. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University and conducted post-doctoral work at MIT.

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Kia NobreNeuroscientist

Anna Christina Nobre (known as Kia Nobre) is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in understanding the principles of the neural systems that support cognitive functions in the human brain. Her current research looks at how neural activity linked to perception and cognition is modulated according to memories, task goals, and expectations.

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Dean BuonomanoNeurobiologist, Author

Dean Buonomano is a leading expert on how the brain tells time. His research also focuses on neurocomputation, and the neural basis of learning and memory. Buonomano is the author of the book Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives.

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David EaglemanNeuroscientist, Author

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, best-selling author, and Guggenheim Fellow who holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

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