Emotions and the Logarithmic Sensing of Time

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Scientific Paper
Title Emotions and the Logarithmic Sensing of Time
Author(s) Robert J Heaston
Keywords sensing of time, Weber-Fechner Law
Published 2006
Journal Proceedings of the NPA
Volume 3
Number 1
Pages 58-64


The objective of this paper is to justify the discovery that people sense time logarithmically. Several different observations support this discovery. The intensities of the senses of touch, hearing, sight, and taste are all based upon logarithmic functions. In particular, the sensing of time can be expressed in a mathematical equation called the feeling formula, which is similar in form to the Weber-Fechner Law discussed in psychology. Human emotions consistently correlate with the feeling formula. Freud was one step away from deriving this formula in his book Beyond the Pleasure Principle. Emphasis will be on the physics aspects of the human sensing of time. Experiments may be performed to verify this discovery, which would be a major breakthrough in understanding human physiology and behavior.