The McDLT Time-Dilation Effect

McDLT time-dilation effect:

A neurological effect that occurs when your hot side gets hot, and simultaneously your cold side gets cold.

Causes the misperception that time is moving slower than normal due to cooling in the cerebellum and parietal cortex (the subjects’ movements occur slower than normal to match their altered time perception).

Frequently experienced by IT workers doing maintenance in datacenters. Datacenters are often built to channel heat from computer systems to one side (the hot side), and blow cool air to the other side (the cold side), often freezing and burning IT workers at the same time.

This effect explains why doing work in the rack always takes twice as long as you think.


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