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Advances in Psychological Science    2012, Vol. 20 Issue (9) : 1364-1371     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2012.01364
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A New Issue in the Study of the Spatial Metaphor of Time: The Left-and-Right Representation of Time
JIN Hong;HUANG Xi-Ting
School of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China
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Abstract  Traditionally, studies of the spatial metaphor of time were focused on the psychological reality of the sagittal (front/back) and vertical (up/down) representation of time by using the priming paradigm; in recent years, however, researchers have used the sequence method, the judgment method, the comparison method and the cueing paradigm to examine and confirm the use of the transverse (left/right) axis to represent time in the mind. Since the conventional theory failed to explain the left-and-right representation of time, researchers have tended to adopt the embodiment theory, which argues that the reading and writing habit is the reason for such representation. A deeper understanding of the relationship between the spatial axes and temporal representation relies on a unified research paradigm, an integrated theoretical framework and a new line of research into the neurological basis of the spatial metaphor of time.
Keywords spatial metaphor of time      temporal representation      spatial axes     
Corresponding Authors: HUANG Xi-Ting   
Issue Date: 15 September 2012
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JIN Hong,HUANG Xi-Ting. A New Issue in the Study of the Spatial Metaphor of Time: The Left-and-Right Representation of Time[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2012, 20(9): 1364-1371.
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