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How You Can Become a Time Traveler

Many of us do a great deal of thinking about our actions. We replay past scenes or leap to the future of what-will-be land. Have you ever noticed when a past hurt flits across your consciousness, that your heart races, a flush suffuses your neck and your breathing speeds up from the mere thought? When I was a teen, I recall my mother relating an argument she had with her sister. I was shocked to see my mother usually composed and cheerful, breathless and with an artery pulsating in her neck reliving an incident which happened over a decade ago! Clearly her thought-driven anger from a past event had upset her present emotional equilibrium. A new study goes even further to explain the link between thoughts and physical movements.

Psychological scientists Lynden Miles, Louise Nind and Neil Macrae, as published in Psychological Science, have observed how mental time travel is represented in the sensory motor systems that regulate human movement. “The embodiment of time and space yields an overt behavioral marker of an otherwise invisible mental operation,” explains Miles and colleagues. They conclude that our perceptions of space and time are closely connected. In the lab participants wore a motion sensor while they were instructed to imagine something from the past and future. Their findings: past or future events can literally move us. This means that mental time travel triggers physical movements which correspond to the direction of time. When participants thought about the past, they swayed backward while those who thought of the future moved forward.

What does this mean for your activities of daily living?
Use your head:

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