Children’s expanding cognitive abilities allow them to understand Time more clearly. –
Two- and three-year-olds’ understanding of Time is mainly limited to ‘now and not now.’ –
Five- and six-year-olds can grasp the ideas of past, present, and future. –
Seven- to ten-year-olds can use clocks and calendars. –
A child will first experience the passing of time when he or she can subjectively perceive and reflect on the unfolding of a collection of events.
This often causes people to increasingly underestimate a given interval of Time as they age. This fact can likely be attributed to a variety of age-related changes in the aging brain.
In an experimental study involving a group of subjects aged between 19 and 24 and a group between 60 and 80, the participants’ abilities to estimate 3 minutes of Time were compared.
The study found that an average of 3 minutes and 3 seconds passed when participants in the younger group estimated that 3 minutes had passed, whereas the older group’s estimate for when 3 minutes had passed came after an average of 3 minutes and 40 seconds.