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Why Time Stands Still

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Neuroscientist Dr David Eagleman has an ingenious theory about why time seems to slow down in near-death experiences. The professor at Baylor College of Medicine has used the extreme sport called Scad diving to test his theory. While being dropped from some 150 feet without a cord into a net below, volunteers are asked observe a chronometer on their wrist. They were all able to discern numbers that would otherwise have been too fast to monitor. Eagleman suggests the brain records more sensory information in traumatic experiences. The slow motion effect is its way of making sense of additional information.