Representation over Time: The Effects of Temporal Distance on SimilarityCoauthor(s): Samuel B. Day.
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.
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Bartels, Daniel, and Samuel B. Day. "Representation over Time: The Effects of Temporal Distance on Similarity." Cognition 106 (2008): 1504-1513.