A lower heart rate appeared to assist with perception, said Saeedeh Sadeghi, a doctoral candidate at Cornell and the study’s lead author. A study of time perception conducted during the first year of the lockdown in Britain found that 80 percent of participants reported distortions in time, in different directions. “People with depression experience a slowing of time, and that slowing of time is experienced as being a worsening factor of the depression.”The new Cornell study addresses something different: how we perceive the passage of microseconds. The new study expands on that by focusing on the role of the heart in a nonemotional function, the perception of time, which can be linked to larger distortions in thinking. We’re going to make things seem shorter or longer in terms of time based on how much bodily energy we have.”The post Heartbeat May Shape Our Perception of Time, Study Shows appeared first on New York Times.