June 1968

Psychological Time in Health and Disease.

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By John Cohen, PhD. Price, $6.50. Pp 103. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1967.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(6):761-762. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740060121015

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This brief book reads like a series of titillating lectures on a lengthy subject. As such, it is a good introduction to diverse aspects of psychological time, ranging over physiological determinants, circadian rhythms, temporal perspective, relativity, development, and time in myth and literature. The vastness of the subject matter and the lack of an integrated point of view leaves the reader with a rather diffuse feeling that certain areas deserve more systematic treatment. In particular, the section on aberrations of psychological time is quite superficial; hence, the title of the book is misleading, for "disease" is given short shrift.

There are many interesting points which need elaboration: Cohen points out that the "idea of time" is a more appropriate term than the "perception of time," for there are no known neuroanatomical pathways for time perception as there are for other peripheral senses, such as vision

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