From time perspective to psychological distance (And Back)

Sam J. Maglio, Yaacov Trope, Nira Liberman

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


People mentally traverse psychological distance whenever they contemplate the past or the future, other places, other people, or unlikely events. As a result, these four routes away from one’s immediate experience share important commonalities. After summarizing research on how and why people traverse distance, we next incorporate issues related to time perspective in considering who might prove more disposed to mental travel in the first place and what types of people might traverse distance more successfully than others. Throughout, we highlight the potential of these two psychological frameworks to inform one another, generating novel hypotheses with the potential to advance our understanding of the role of time in human thought.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTime Perspective Theory; Review, Research and Application
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honor of Philip G. Zimbardo
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319073682
ISBN (Print)9783319073675
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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