Confessions of a researchaholic

September 18, 2021

Sense of time during endeavors

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:59 am

I heard from this podcast about someone who became an elite ultra-runner after a brain surgery, as quoted from earlier article:

Her waning short term memory meant that she processed time and trail in a new way. With the ability to focus intensely on the pure task of putting one foot in front of the other over great distances, she soon established herself as one of the world’s most decorated ultra endurance runners in history.

Usually we need a sense of time/progress to manage a project, and this case provides a very interesting counter point: sometimes, not knowing the context might help us focus at the task.

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