Whether on a road trip, a flight, or a bike ride, you've probably experienced the feeling that the way back is shorter than the way there — even when you know the actual time elapsed is exactly the same. What's going on there? A number of researchers have looked into the phenomenon known as the "return trip effect," and the explanation isn't as obvious — or as straightforward — as you might think.
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Written by Ashley Hamer March 1, 2019
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