Time goes slower for children than for adults. Do you remember when you were a child and a minute’s wait seemed like a long time? And an hour felt like an eternity? A summer lasted for what would now be two years? Why was that? Easy boredom? Or the opposite: the newness of so much of what you encountered?
Recent research sponsored by the Hat Research Institute (HRI) shows that time actually does go slower for children. The lead scientist, George L.P. MacGregor, a psychologist, said: “What the time instantisinal tests show is the perceptual effect of differential metabolic rates. The metabolism of a four year old works at almost three times the rate of a fifty year old. You can see this most obviously manifest in the rate at which a wound will heal. It also affects the experience and the reality of time. For a four year old any given unit of time allows more biologic processes to complete. That includes healing as mentioned, but also thought, perception.”
Further research by MacGregor at the special request of the HRI tested the heart rate of 100 randomly chosen volunteers. He found that the heart rates of those wearing hats was on average ½ of a beat faster than of those without hats. While the research is still on going, it may be that the hat wearer perceives time more slowly because their bodies are working faster.