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This is one of three featured long term research studies into the relationship between human consciousness, time perception and the spatial value we assign to our experiences, thoughts, feelings and emotions.

The Premise

The fundamental premise here is that human time perception is predominantly mystical in nature and has got nothing much to do with a clock or a calendar. Human time perception is biological in nature and is regulated by the rhythm of the heartbeat. However the human heartbeat is regulated by Heme B and Heme C molecules which are produced out of iron and form the essential ingredient in haemoglobin not just to regulate the heartbeat but also bind oxygen to blood cells. Iron is produced out in space from the collision of galaxies. You can find out more about this by clicking on the link below to read the blog post 'The illusion of time' in our Core Blog section (please don't worry, links there will bring you back here).

The illusion of time

What we're trying to get at here is just how subjective is time perception and just how closely related is how we perceive time to our unique and individual perspective on life. We understand that time perception varies relative to your perception of your individual experience of life, your memories and how you perceive the future, but what we are trying to find out is by how much and whether there are any aspects of time perception we share in common with other people. That is, other than just the clock and the calendar.

About this study

Sleep is something we all do regularly, and there are two different aspects to this study.

The first aspect is our attitude to sleep and how we sleep. How much time do you need to sleep? Does your need for sleep vary on the basis of how you perceive what is going on in your life? Do you get too little sleep? Too much sleep? Does your sleeping pattern vary? How does this all affect your perception of time? How does your waking up affect how you perceive time on a given day?

Then there is the more conscious aspects of sleep, and the different states of consciousness we experience through sleep, such as dreams, nightmares, sleep terrors, sleep paralysis, and so on. How do these experiences affect our time perception and ability to perceive time? How do these different conscious states differ in how we perceive time from when we are awake?

This is what this research study, one of five, is all about. We invite you to participate in this study through joining our community and sharing your experiences on the Message Board in the Research Study section.