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Days seemed to last longer in your youth because the young mind receives more images during one day than the same mind in old age."
Days seemed to last longer in your youth because the young mind receives more images during one day than the same mind in old age.”

A Duke University researcher has a new explanation for why those endless days of childhood seemed to last so much longer than they do now—physics.

According to Adrian Bejan, the J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke, this apparent temporal discrepancy can be blamed on the ever-slowing speed at which images are obtained and processed by the as the body ages.

The theory was published online on March 18 in the journal European Review.

“People are often amazed at how much they remember from days that seemed to last forever in their youth,” said Bejan. “It’s not that their experiences were much deeper or more meaningful, it’s just that they were being processed in rapid fire.”

Bejan attributes this phenomenon to in the aging human body. As tangled webs of nerves and neurons mature, they grow in size and complexity, leading to longer paths for signals to traverse. As those paths then begin to age, they also degrade, giving more resistance to the flow of electrical signals.

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