①Think about driving a route that’s very familiar. It could be your commute to work, a trip into town or the way home. Whichever it is, you know every twist and turn like the back of your hand. On these sorts of trips it’s easy to zone out from the actual driving and pay little attention to the passing scenery. The consequence is that you perceive that the trip has taken less time than it actually has.


②This is the well-travelled road effect: people tend to underestimate the time it takes to travel a familiar route.


③The effect is caused by the way we allocate our attention. When we travel down a well-known route, because we don’t have to concentrate much, time seems to flow more quickly. And afterwards, when we come to think back on it, we can’t remember the journey well because we didn’t pay much attention to it. So we assume it was shorter.

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Para 1
Think about driving a route that’s very familiar. It could be your commute to work, a trip into town or the way home. Whichever it is, you know every twist and turn like the back of your hand. On these sorts of trips it’s easy to zone out from the actual driving and pay little attention to the passing scenery. The consequence is that you perceive that the trip has taken less time than it actually has.

想想看在一条非常熟悉的路上开车,这可能是在上班,进城或回家的路上。无论哪条,你会对路上的每一个迂回曲折了如指掌。在这类旅行中,我们不太会关注驾驶行为,也不会注意路边的风景。结果就是你误以为旅途比实际所用的时间要少。

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Para 2
This is the well-travelled road effect: people tend to underestimate the time it takes to travel a familiar route.

这称为熟路效应:人们通常低估在熟悉的路上所花费的时间。

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Para 3
The effect is caused by the way we allocate our attention. When we travel down a well-known route, because we don’t have to concentrate much, time seems to flow more quickly. And afterwards, when we come to think back on it, we can’t remember the journey well because we didn’t pay much attention to it. So we assume it was shorter.

我们分配注意力的方式会带来这种结果。当我们沿着熟悉的路途行驶,我们不必过于集中精力,时间似乎过得飞快。随后,当我们回想整个过程时,我们已经不太记得了,因为没有特别留神。所以我们会觉得这段旅程会更短些。

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