Moving along the mental time line influences the processing of future related words

Hartmann, Matthias; Mast, Fred W. (2012). Moving along the mental time line influences the processing of future related words. Consciousness and cognition, 21(3), pp. 1558-1562. Elsevier 10.1016/j.concog.2012.06.015

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Abstract concepts like numbers or time are thought to be represented in the more concrete domain of space and the sensorimotor system. For example, thinking of past or future events has a physical manifestation in backward or forward body sway, respectively. In the present study, we investigated the reverse effect: can passive whole-body motion influence the processing of temporal information? Participants were asked to categorize verbal stimuli to the concepts future or past while they were displaced forward and backward (Experiment 1), or upward and downward (Experiment 2). The results showed that future related verbal stimuli were categorized faster during forward as compared to backward motion. This finding supports the view that temporal events are represented along a mental time line and that the sensorimotor system is linked to that representation. We showed that body motion is not just an epiphenomenon of temporal thoughts. Passive whole-body motion can influence higher-order temporal cognition.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Cognition, Learning and Memory (CCLM)

UniBE Contributor:

Hartmann, Matthias and Mast, Fred

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1053-8100

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Matthias Maalouli-Hartmann

Date Deposited:

11 Apr 2014 13:49

Last Modified:

10 Aug 2015 13:36

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.concog.2012.06.015

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.43476

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/43476

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