Why the pandemic is messing with your sense of time

Alison Holman and Roxane Cohen Silver of the University of California at Irvine studied time perception among people who had experienced other kinds of traumas, including Vietnam War veterans, adult victims of childhood incest, and residents of communities devastated by wildfires. Those who had suffered the most severe losses sometimes experienced “temporal disintegration.” The time during which they were experiencing the trauma felt like it was cut off from both the past and the future. The sense of continuity was gone.