Flash-lag effect and the procrastinating brain

David Eagleman ran a fascinating experiment by rotating a circle with a flashing center. The participants were observing that the flashing light was slightly behind the circle–not inside it.

It turns out that our nerve impulses travel at a speed of 250 miles per hour and it takes 80 milliseconds after an action has occurred for our brains to process what has happened.

Think about that for a minute…

What we are thinking is happening “right now”, is actually the story of what our brain is narrating to us of what actually happened 80 milliseconds ago.

In other words, in everything we do the brain is waiting for the slowest information to arrive and it causes a delay.

We are always living in the past.