Varieties of Future Experience

Karl K. Szpunar and Endel Tulving

in Predictions in the Brain

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395518
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897230 | DOI:
Varieties of Future Experience

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This chapter is organized into two main sections. First, it provides an overview of the concept of “autonoetic consciousness,” which is defined as the capacity to be consciously aware of one's continued temporal existence. Second, it outlines various “predictive” mental activities that deal with the extended, or “non-immediate,” future of the individual. These include future orientation, episodic future thought, planning, and prospective memory. Furthermore, the chapter considers the nature in which these “predictive” mental activities relate to one another and how, ultimately, each depends on the capacity of autonoetic consciousness.

Keywords: brain; autonoetic consciousness; predictive mental activities; temporal existence; future orientation; episodic future thought; prospective memory

Chapter.  6294 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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