10 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2011
Date Written: October 4, 2011
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.
Keywords: Similarity, Mental representation, Construal level theory, Inter-temporal choice
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1938500 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1938500
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