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Component processes underlying future thinking

Published inMemory & cognition, vol. 38, no. 6, p. 809-819
Publication date2010
Abstract

This study sought to investigate the component processes underlying the ability to imagine future events, using an individual-differences approach. Participants completed several tasks assessing different aspects of future thinking (i.e., fluency, specificity, amount of episodic details, phenomenology) and were also assessed with tasks and questionnaires measuring various component processes that have been hypothesized to support future thinking (i.e., executive processes, visual–spatial processing, relational memory processing, self-consciousness, and time perspective). The main results showed that executive processes were correlated with various measures of future thinking, whereas visual–spatial processing abilities and time perspective were specifically related to the number of sensory descriptions reported when specific future events were imagined. Furthermore, individual differences in self-consciousness predicted the subjective feeling of experiencing the imagined future events. These results suggest that future thinking involves a collection of processes that are related to different facets of future-event representation.

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D’ARGEMBEAU, Arnaud et al. Component processes underlying future thinking. In: Memory & cognition, 2010, vol. 38, n° 6, p. 809–819. doi: 10.3758/MC.38.6.809
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