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Research finds life is a three second experience

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 03 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d750
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Competitors at the 2008 Beijing Olympics have shed light on what seems to be a universal condition—we experience the world in three second time frames.

A video analysis of hugs shared by competitors at the games has showed that these embraces lasted for an average of three seconds, irrespective of the gender and nationality of those involved.

The findings are said to reinforce the idea that intervals of about three seconds are life’s basic units of time …

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