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Predicting the phenomenology of episodic future thoughts

D'Argembeau, Arnaud
Published in Consciousness and cognition. 2012, vol. 21, no. 3, p. 1198-1206
Abstract Recent findings suggest that multiple event properties contribute to shape the phenomenology of episodic future thoughts, but the specific role of each property is not yet fully understood. This study shows that different phenomenological features are predicted by distinct event properties. The vividness of an episodic future thought largely depends on the familiarity of its constitutive elements (i.e., the envisioned location, persons and objects), while the visual perspective adopted is instead related to the temporal distance of the imagined event. Cognitive feelings such as the sense of pre-experiencing the future depend on sensory-perceptual qualities, and are further modulated by the personal importance attributed to the event. These findings suggest that the essence of episodic future thought-the sensation of mentally visiting one's personal future-lies, in part, in the relevance of imagined events with respect to personal goals.
Keywords ConsciousnessFemaleForecastingHumansImaginationMaleMemory, EpisodicPerceptionThinkingYoung Adult
PMID: 22742997
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D'ARGEMBEAU, Arnaud, VAN DER LINDEN, Martial. Predicting the phenomenology of episodic future thoughts. In: Consciousness and cognition, 2012, vol. 21, n° 3, p. 1198-1206. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:29505

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