Time Warped by Claudia Hammond
(Canongate, 2012)

Time Warped

by Claudia Hammond

We are obsessed with time. However hard we might try, it is almost impossible to spend even one day without the marker of a clock. But how much do we understand about time, and is it possible to retrain our brains and improve our relationship with it? Drawing on the latest research from the fields of psychology, neuroscience and biology, and using original research on the way memory shapes our understanding of time, the acclaimed writer and broadcaster Claudia Hammond delves into the mysteries of time perception. Along the way, Claudia introduces us to an extraordinary array of characters willing to go to great lengths in the interests of research, such as the French speleologist Michel, who spends two months in an ice cave in complete darkness. Time Warped shows us how to manage our time more efficiently, speed time up and slow it down at will, plan for the future with more accuracy and, ultimately, use the warping of time to our own advantage.

Time Warped is published by Canongate in the Uk, and by HarperCollins in the US.


Mind-boggling . . . will change the way you think about time.”
- The FT
With an engaging, light touch, [Hammond] describes the ingenious experiments psychologists have devised to explore how our brains construct ‒ and warp ‒ time.”
- New Scientist
[Hammond] weaves a beautifully constructed story out of the puzzles that preoccupy us about the way we experience time, and the cutting-edge science that tries to make sense of it.”
- Mail on Sunday
Fascinating . . . Time Warped is highly engaging and accessible. ”
- Big Issue