Remembering a Future Event

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Abstract

Reviews the book, Timing the Future: The Case for a Time-Based Prospective Memory, edited by Joseph Glicksohn and Michael Myslobodsky (see record 2006-08290-000), as it deals with the ability of humans to judge the passage of time and, in particular, to remember to act at a specific future time. Curiously, with all of the experience we humans have in confirming the passage of time using standardized mechanical means, as demonstrated repeatedly in this book, we are quite subject to temporal distortions. When subjects are asked in advance to indicate when a specific amount of time has passed, it is referred to as “prospective memory,” whereas if they are asked after the fact to judge the amount of time that has passed, it is referred to as “retrospective memory.” This book deals primarily with prospective memory. Overall, the reviewer thinks the book makes an important contribution to the literature on timing. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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