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Seeing the FutureTheoretical Perspectives on Future-Oriented Mental Time Travel$
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Kourken Michaelian, Stanley B. Klein, and Karl K. Szpunar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190241537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241537.001.0001

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

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

Editors’ Introduction

(p.1) 1 The Past, the Present, and the Future of Future-Oriented Mental Time Travel
Seeing the Future

Kourken Michaelian

Stanley B. Klein

Karl K. Szpunar

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter reviews research on future-oriented mental time travel to date, provides an overview of the chapters of the book, and enumerates some possible research directions suggested by the latter. Research on FMTT raises a number of challenging theoretical and conceptual questions. The chapters in this book discuss many of these, under the headings of: varieties of future-oriented cognition; relationships between FMTT and episodic memory; subjective temporality in FMTT; the self in FMTT; functional perspectives; evolutionary and comparative perspectives; developmental perspectives; clinical perspectives. Together, the chapters identify a number of promising directions for future research, including: the diversity of FMTT; the basis of FMTT; subjective temporality; the self and time; function and evolution of FMTT; and the components of FMTT.

Keywords:   future-oriented mental time travel, episodic memory, subjective time, self, functional perspectives on mental time travel, evolutionary perspectives on mental time travel, comparative perspectives on mental time travel, developmental perspectives on mental time travel, clinical perspectives on mental time travel

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