Idly tapping your fingers can make you think time has slowed down

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Ever felt like time is slowing down?

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When you move your body in time to a rhythm, your perception of time stretches and contracts. The finding might help us pin down which parts of the brain control our internal clocks.

“Distortions of perceived time are coupled to the timing of your actions, which are dictated by an internal rhythm,” says Alice Tomassini at the Italian Institute of Technology in Ferrara.

She and her colleagues asked 16 participants to listen to four rhythmical beats, each one second apart, and then tap out four additional beats with …

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