Time after time: A short-term longitudinal examination of the ego- and time-moving representations

Loermans, Annemijn C. and Milfont, Taciano L.. 2018. Time after time: A short-term longitudinal examination of the ego- and time-moving representations. Journal of Research in Personality, 74, pp. 1-5. ISSN 0092-6566 [Article]

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When asked to move next Wednesday’s meeting two days forward, English speakers tend to disagree on whether it will move to Friday or Monday depending on their use of ego-moving or time-moving representations of time. We examined the stability of answers over a five-month interval in a sample of 345 undergraduates (78.6% female) from New Zealand. Most participants answered Monday but there was no group consensus, confirming the ambiguity of the question. Results showed overall stability in answers, with observed over-time change due to female participants shifting their answers from Friday to Monday. Associations between time representations and time orientations were not statistically significant, but the findings suggest time-moving and ego-moving representations to be more associated with future and present orientations, respectively.

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Future-oriented cognition, Space-time metaphors, Ego-moving, Time-moving, Longitudinal, Future time perspective

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Institute of Management Studies


21 December 2017Accepted
26 December 2017Published Online
June 2018Published

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02 Oct 2019 10:47

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02 Oct 2019 10:48

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