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Short work week feeling extra long? You're not alone — and here's why

Why do short work weeks feel so long? We asked psychology professor Anne Wilson.

There is some science behind the phenomenon, says WLU professor Anne Wilson

Thank goodness it's Friday. (Shutterstock / ImageFlow)

Thanks to Labour Day, for many of us, this work week was a short one.

But for many of us in the CBC newsroom, it sure didn't feel like it.

Why do short work weeks sometimes feel so long?

For the answer, we turned to Dr. Anne Wilson. She's a professor in the department of psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, and leads a lab called IMPETuS, which stands for "Identity, Motivation and Perception Extended in Time and Society."

Tap on the player to hear her conversation with Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre.
It's Friday. FINALLY. Ever notice that short work weeks seem to drag on forever? We spoke to Wilfrid Laurier psychology professor Dr. Anne Wilson. She leads a lab at the university called "IMPETuS," which stands for "Identity, Motivation and Perception Extended in Time and Society." 5:52

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Jonathan Pinto

Jonathan Pinto is a reporter/editor at CBC Windsor, primarily assigned to Afternoon Drive, CBC Radio's regional afternoon show for southwestern Ontario. Email jonathan.pinto@cbc.ca.