Mental Time Travel and the Shaping of the Human Mind

Thomas Suddendorf, Donna Rose Addis and Michael C. Corballis

in Predictions in the Brain

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395518
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897230 | DOI:
Mental Time Travel and the Shaping of the Human Mind

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This chapter reviews neuroscientific evidence for the continuity of mental time travel into the past and future, and considers what, if anything, might be uniquely human about mental time travel. It suggests that human language may have evolved primarily for the communication of episodes, whether from the past or the imagined future, or indeed in the form of fiction. It concludes with some speculation as to when and why mental time travel evolved in hominin evolution.

Keywords: mental time travel; past; future; language; communication; memory

Chapter.  7284 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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