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Seeing the Future: Theoretical Perspectives on Future-Oriented Mental Time Travel

Kourken Michaelian, Stanley B. Klein, and Karl K. Szpunar


This book contains twenty chapters on theoretical issues in research on future-oriented mental time travel. Themes covered include varieties of future-oriented cognition; relationships between future-oriented mental time travel and episodic memory; subjective temporality in future-oriented mental time travel; the self in future-oriented mental time travel; functional perspectives; evolutionary and comparative perspectives; developmental perspectives; and clinical perspectives. Chapters are by researchers based in both empirical and theoretical disciplines.

Keywords: future mental time travel, imagination, episodic memory, autonoetic consciousness, memory-evolution, memory development, memory clinical studies, self, subjective temporality, hippocampus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190241537
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241537.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kourken Michaelian, editor
University of Otago

Stanley B. Klein, editor
University of California, Santa Barbara

Karl K. Szpunar, editor
University of Illinois at Chicago

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Front Matter

1 The Past, the Present, and the Future of Future-Oriented Mental Time Travel

Kourken Michaelian, Stanley B. Klein, and Karl K. Szpunar

Part I Varieties of Future-Oriented Cognition

2 Toward a Taxonomy of Future Thinking

Karl K. Szpunar, R. Nathan Spreng, and Daniel L. Schacter

Part II Relationships Between Future-Oriented Mental Time Travel and Episodic Memory

4 Against Discontinuism

Kourken Michaelian

Part III Subjective Temporality in Future-Oriented Mental Time Travel

8 Time Is Not of the Essence

Felipe De Brigard and Bryce S. Gessell

Part IV The Self in Future-Oriented Mental Time Travel

Part V Functional Perspectives

12 Making Decisions about the Future

Christoph Hoerl and Teresa McCormack

Part VI Evolutionary and Comparative Perspectives

14 Evolutionary Perspectives on Prospective Cognition

James M. Thom and Nicola S. Clayton

15 With the Future in Mind

Gema Martin-Ordas

Part VII Developmental Perspectives

17 Shaping One’s Future Self

Thomas Suddendorf, Melissa Brinums, and Kana Imuta

18 Episodic Future Thinking in Children

Cristina M. Atance and Caitlin E. V. Mahy

Part VIII Clinical Perspectives

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