Meditation Can Alter Our Perception Of Time, Study Finds

You know that feeling of sitting at your desk, watching the minutes between 4 and 5 p.m. tick by at what seems like a record-slow pace? Or the feeling of working on a project you love and suddenly you look at the clock and can’t believe how much time has passed? Both of these instances involve altered perceptions of time—and it turns out there’s another interesting way to experience time as faster or slower than it’s happening, too: mindfulness meditation.

A new study recently published in the journal PLOS One found that mindfulness meditation exercises altered participants’ perception of time, with time often seeming to pass more quickly than it did in reality.

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