There’s also a fascinating (and unlikely!) explanation for the videos: a new study (PDF) published by a group of psychologists at Stanford suggesting that when we experience awe, our perception of time changes. According to the authors, awe “brings people into the present moment, which underlies awe’s capacity to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying.”
Eskander is doing something like the reverse: She’s altering how we perceive time with the hopes of making us feel awed. “One thing I have heard repeatedly is how one can watch the videos over and over again, or how one is ‘mesmerized,’” she says. “The altering of time leads to awe.”
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