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Representation Over Time: The Effects of Temporal Distance on Similarity


Daniel M. Bartels


University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

Samuel B Day


Northwestern University

October 4, 2011

Columbia Business School Research Paper No. 11-15

Abstract:     
Similarity is central in human cognition, playing a role in a wide range of cognitive processes. In three studies, we demonstrate that subjective similarity may change as a function of temporal distance, with some events seeming more similar when considered in the near future, while others increase in similarity as temporal distance increases. Given the ubiquity of inter-temporal thought, and the fundamental role of similarity, these results have important implications for cognition in general.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: Similarity, Mental representation, Construal level theory, Inter-temporal choice

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Date posted: October 5, 2011  

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Bartels, Daniel M. and Day, Samuel B, Representation Over Time: The Effects of Temporal Distance on Similarity (October 4, 2011). Columbia Business School Research Paper No. 11-15. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1938500 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1938500

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Daniel M. Bartels (Contact Author)
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )
5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
Samuel B Day
Northwestern University ( email )
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States
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