1st Edition

Imagining the Future Insights from Cognitive Psychology

Edited By Karl Szpunar, Gabriel Radvansky Copyright 2017
    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    One particularly adaptive feature of human cognition is the ability to mentally preview specific events before they take place in reality. Familiar examples of this ability—often referred to as episodic future thinking—include what happens when an employee imagines when, where, and how they might go about asking their boss for a raise, or when a teenager anguishes over what might happen if they ask their secret crush on a date. In this book, the editors bring together current perspectives from researchers from around the globe who are working to develop a deeper understanding of the manner in which the simulations of future events are constructed, the role of emotion and personal meaning in the context of episodic simulation, and how the ability to imagine specific future events relates to other forms of future thinking such as the ability to remember to carry out intended actions in the future. This book was originally published as a special issue of The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

    1. Cognitive approaches to the study of episodic future thinking Karl K. Szpunar and Gabriel A. Radvansky

    2. Frequency, characteristics, and perceived functions of emotional future thinking in daily life Catherine Barsics, Martial Van der Linden and Arnaud D’Argembeau

    3. The degree of disparateness of event details modulates future simulation construction, plausibility, and recall Valerie van Mulukom, Daniel L. Schacter, Michael C. Corballis and Donna Rose Addis

    4. Visual perspective in remembering and episodic future thought Kathleen B. McDermott, Cynthia L. Wooldridge, Heather J. Rice, Jeffrey J. Berg and Karl K. Szpunar

    5. Prevalence and determinants of direct and generative modes of production of episodic future thoughts in the word cueing paradigm Olivier Jeunehomme and Arnaud D’Argembeau

    6. Do future thoughts reflect personal goals? Current concerns and mental time travel into the past and future Scott N. Cole and Dorthe Berntsen

    7. Remembering the past and imagining the future: Selective effects of an episodic specificity induction on detail generation Kevin P. Malone and Daniel L. Schacter

    8. You’ll change more than I will: Adults’ predictions about their own and others’ future preferences Louis Renoult, Leia Kopp, Patrick S.R. Davidson, Vanessa Taler and Cristina M. Atance

    9. The relationship between prospective memory and episodic future thinking in younger and older adulthood Gill Terrett, Nathan S. Rose, Julie D. Henry, Phoebe E. Bailey, Mareike Altgassen, Louise H. Phillips, Matthias Kliegel and Peter G. Rendell

    10. Scripts and information units in future planning: Interactions between a past and a future planning task Aline Cordonnier, Amanda J. Barnier and John Sutton

    11. Thinking about the future can cause forgetting of the past Annie S. Ditta and Benjamin C. Storm

    12. Retrieval-induced forgetting is associated with increased positivity when imagining the future Saskia Giebl, Benjamin C. Storm, Dorothy R. Buchli, Elizabeth Ligon Bjork and Robert A. Bjork

    13. Understanding deliberate practice in preschool-aged children Jac T.M. Davis, Elizabeth Cullen and Thomas Suddendorf

    14. Autonoetic consciousness: Reconsidering the role of episodic memory in future-oriented self-projection Stanley B. Klein


    Karl K. Szpunar is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator of the UIC Memory Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

    Gabriel A. Radvansky is Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator of the Memory Lab at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA.