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Advances in Psychological Science    2015, Vol. 23 Issue (3) : 394-404     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.00394
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Imagining the Future: Cognitive Processes and Brain Networks
XU Xiaoxiao; YU Jing; LEI Xu
(Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University; Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality, Chongqing, 400715, China)
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Abstract  

Reasonably anticipating and imagining future events or scenes improves individuals’ adaptability and promotes human’s survival and development. In recent years, researchers have investigated the cognitive processes and brain mechanisms of imagining the future, and proposed corresponding concepts and theories. We firstly summarized the widely used thought-sampling procedures and word-cuing paradigms, and then self-referential processing, mental scene construction and other cognitive processes were also elaborated. Moreover, we specifically introduced the default mode network and other-related large-scale brain networks, and proposed one brain network framework for imagining the future. Future research needs to comprehensively investigate dynamic and complex brain networks and their relationships with specific diseases.

Keywords imagining the future      cognitive processes      default mode network      brain networks     
Corresponding Authors: LEI Xu, E-mail: xlei@swu.edu.cn   
Issue Date: 15 March 2015
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XU Xiaoxiao,YU Jing,LEI Xu. Imagining the Future: Cognitive Processes and Brain Networks[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2015, 23(3): 394-404.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.00394     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2015/V23/I3/394
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