Locating past and future: the influence of spatial ability on time representation

Ötenen, Ege and Kanero, Junko (2022) Locating past and future: the influence of spatial ability on time representation. In: 44th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Cognitive Diversity, CogSci 2022, Toronto, Canada

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The representation of time depends heavily on spatial skills. Saj et al. (2014) demonstrated that left-hemispatial neglect patients, who lost the ability to detect objects in their left visual field, have a selective deficit in remembering items corresponding to the past, i.e., the left side of their mental timeline. The current study used the same memory task but tested neurotypical individuals (N = 76) to examine whether individual differences in spatial ability as well as learning order (chronological vs. random) predict how well participants remember items and associations between the item and time (past or future). Our results indicate that higher spatial ability and chronological learning both lead to better memory. This study is among the first to demonstrate how individual differences may impact time representation and memory that relies on a mental timeline.
Item Type: Papers in Conference Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: spatial memory; time perception; mental timeline; individual differences
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Junko Kanero
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2022 20:53
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2023 17:09
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/44839

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