A Tenth of a Second

This quick experiment was inspired by reading Jimena Canales’ A Tenth of a Second, according to which our ability to perceive discrete events breaks down right around a tenth of a second. The diagram below is a constructed in the manner of an eye chart, but instead of scale it is speed that varies and we are interested in the recognition of discrete changes rather than distinct forms. Each column represents one second and each row breaks the second into increasingly smaller fractions. Click ‘start’ to initiate this clock of sorts and find out at which row can you no longer distinguish distinct events.

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