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  • Writer's pictureJeremy Costa

What's With The Clock?

Updated: Nov 10, 2023

Backward Clock Sound; to tell time on a backward clock, one must learn to think differently.

A backward clock to shed perspective on a High Voltage Audio NEQ

When reading a clock that ticks backward, the brain needs to engage in a process of mental reversal and cognitive adjustment. Our brains are naturally wired to process time in a forward-moving manner, so encountering a clock that runs in the opposite direction requires a shift in perspective.

To read a backward-ticking clock, the brain needs to override the default forward temporal orientation and develop a new mental framework. This involves reinterpreting the clockwise motion of the clock hands as counterclockwise and re-calibrating the associations between numbers and their corresponding positions on the clock face.

Initially, the brain may experience a sense of confusion or disorientation when faced with the backward movement. However, with practice and repetition, the brain can adapt to this unconventional representation of time. The more one familiarizes themselves with reading a backward clock, the more automatic and effortless the process becomes.

In essence, the brain needs to rewire its temporal perception and cognitive processing to accommodate the reversed time flow displayed by the clock. It showcases the brain's remarkable ability to flexibly adjust its cognitive frameworks and adapt to unconventional stimuli.


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