Cognitive Models of Psychological Time

Cognitive Models of Psychological Time

Cognitive Models of Psychological Time

Cognitive Models of Psychological Time

Synopsis

This volume critically reviews cognitive models of psychological time in order to clarify and enrich what is known about the temporal aspects of cognitive processes. Concentrating on how adult humans experience, remember, and construct time, chapters survey recent work on such topics as mental representations of time, timing in movement sequences, time and timing in music, and the processing of temporal information. Also included are chapters with a broader perspective, such as the impacts of methodological choices, chronobiology and temporal experience, a comparative approach to time and order, and normal and abnormal temporal perspectives. The book makes current research and theories on the psychology of time more accessible to researchers in cognitive psychology.

Excerpt

The study of time is receiving increasing interest in the sciences and humanities. The International Society for the Study of Time, which was founded in 1966, has now held seven conferences. The subject of time is also becoming more accessible to the general public. Perhaps the best example of this is the fact that Stephen W. Hawking book, A Brief History of Time (Bantam Books, 1988) has remained on the best-seller list throughout much of this past year.

When I first considered editing a book on the subject of psychological time, I thought that there was a serious need for one that critically reviewed the numerous cognitive models appearing in the extant literature. In organizing this volume, therefore, I told contributors that the book had the working title, Cognitive Models of Psychological Time. I assumed that each contributor would emphasize how his or her own work related to that subject. The chapters in this volume do, indeed, address psychological time from the point of view of cognitive models: The subject index contains 37 sub-entries under the heading "Model," which is not that many fewer than the 61 sub-entries under the heading "Time." Fortunately, however, the contributors ventured considerably beyond a strict interpretation of the subject. As a result, the chapters turned out to be much more general, more interesting, and more important than I would have thought possible.

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