People perceive events in the future as closer than those in the past, as it helps them to approach, avoid or otherwise cope with the events they encounter, a new study has found.
Researchers suggest that the illusions that influence how we perceive movement through space also influence our perception of time.
The findings provide evidence that our experiences of space and time have even more in common than previously thought.
“It seemed to us that psychological scientists have neglected the important fact that, in everyday experience, people don’t evaluate the past and the future in exactly the same way,” Eugene Caruso of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business said in a statement.
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