Mental time line and memory: Insights from eye data

Martarelli, Corinna; Hartmann, Matthias; Mast, Fred W. (8 September 2015). Mental time line and memory: Insights from eye data (Unpublished). In: 14th biannual SSP/SGP Conference - "The future of psychology". Geneva, Switzerland. 08.09.-09.09.2015.

Time is grounded in various ways. In this study, we investigated spontaneous eye movements on a blank screen during encoding, recall, and recognition of future vs. past events. Participants performed an encoding task, in which they memorized words related to the future vs. past. After the encoding, participants had to freely recall the words and their time-associations. Finally, they had to recognize the words (old/new task) and again retrieve the time-associations. Eye position was more rightward during future events compared to past events. This effect was strongest in the free recall task, which also resulted to be the most difficult task (larger pupil size). We conclude that the mental time line assists memory retrieval of future vs. past events. More generally, our findings highlight the spatial nature of temporal representations.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology

UniBE Contributor:

Martarelli, Corinna; Maalouli-Hartmann, Matthias and Mast, Fred


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Corinna Martarelli

Date Deposited:

25 Jul 2017 14:24

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19 Oct 2021 17:06


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