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Learn How to Rethink Your Timetable

Learn How to Rethink Your Timetable

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by Science & the City and the Psychology Section


The Time Paradox by the celebrated psychologist Philip Zimbardo and Director of Design Research at Yahoo!, John Boyd, is a popular psychology title that explains the new psychological science of time and the authors' unprecedented studies on time perspective, covering 40 years of research. It's also a self-help guide to understanding how your perceptions of time influence every facet of your life and a lively social commentary on the power of time in our modern world.

Philip Zimbardo, renowned for his 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, is one of the most distinguished psychologists alive today. A professor emeritus at Stanford University, he served as president of the American Psychological Association, designed and narrated the award-winning PBS series, Discovering Psychology, and has published several hundred professional articles and 50 books. His areas of focus include time perspective, shyness, evil, and madness.

In The Time Paradox Zimbardo and Boyd reveal that there are multiple perceptions of time. More than any other single factor—emotion, intelligence, relationships, stress, traffic, snap judgments, and mess—time permeates every facet of our lives. Our attitudes toward time are the most powerful influence on how we think, feel, and act, every day of our lives.

Zimbardo and Boyd also reveal a new view of psychological health and illness based on their data on how people perceive time. The Time Paradox reveals the power that time—and your perception of it—has in your life. It will give you insight into yourself and others by demonstrating that the past and future do not exist in a tangible sense, but only as constructions of your mind (positive and negative memories) that have a profound impact on how you live your life depending on how you choose to perceive the world around you.