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Getting stuck in time: Cognitive, neural and psychopathological mechanisms of time perspective

Research project A central aim of the present proposal is to examine neural, cognitive, cultural and psychopathological expressions of time orientation.

Most of us have a tendency to partition the flow of experience into the distinct temporal categories of past, present, and future, and our daily activities and decisions are often guided by our prior experiences and future plans and goals. This overall orientation to time is here conceived as contextually determined but relatively stable psychological constructs in that some individuals adopt a future-oriented perspective whereas others base their actions and decisions by focusing on past experiences. The present proposal is based on the assumption that an excessive bias on any given time perspective (e.g., living in past memories or future expectations) may have detrimental effects on physical and mental well-being.

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Project overview

Project period:

2013-01-01 2016-12-31


The Swedish Research Council, 2013-2015: SEK 3,330,000

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Project description

The empirical studies of the project have important theoretical implications for understanding the impact of time perspective on goal-oriented behavior, intervention, and psychopathology.

Latest update: 2018-08-13