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Gepubliceerd in: Psychological Research 1/2010

01-01-2010 | Original Article

In hindsight, life flows from left to right

Auteurs: Julio Santiago, Antonio Román, Marc Ouellet, Nieves Rodríguez, Pilar Pérez-Azor

Gepubliceerd in: Psychological Research | Uitgave 1/2010

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Abstract

Three experiments investigated the mental representation of meaningful event sequences. Experiment 1 used extended (5 min long) naturalistic scenes excerpted from commercial movies. Experiments 2 and 3 presented everyday activities by means of sequences of six photographs. All experiments found both left–right and distance effects in an order decision task, suggesting that when contemplated in hindsight, experienced events unfold along a left-to-right analogical mental line. Present results are discussed in the context of the mental representation of other kinds of ordinal sequences, and other left–right effects reported in non-ordinal domains.
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The counterbalancing factor was not included in the design. Although there could be interactions with this factor, they would be of no theoretical value. Counterbalancing assures that order-practice effects are controlled for. Sometimes it is useful to include it as a factor in the analyses to take off some error variance and improve the power of the analysis, but it is not necessary in the present experiments, as all ANOVAs already provide significant results for the factors of interest.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
In hindsight, life flows from left to right
Auteurs
Julio Santiago
Antonio Román
Marc Ouellet
Nieves Rodríguez
Pilar Pérez-Azor
Publicatiedatum
01-01-2010
Uitgeverij
Springer-Verlag
Gepubliceerd in
Psychological Research / Uitgave 1/2010
Print ISSN: 0340-0727
Elektronisch ISSN: 1430-2772
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-008-0220-0