Is there some scientific basis for the intuition that we experience time more slowly in an emergency? After some extreme testing, the answer is no:
When a person is scared, a brain area called the amygdala becomes more active, laying down an extra set of memories that go along with those normally taken care of by other parts of the brain. "In this way, frightening events are associated with richer and denser memories," Eagleman explained. "And the more memory you have of an event, the longer you believe it took."
But it didn't. No word on whether anyone got stoned.
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