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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   

  1. School of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China
  • Received:2011-11-03 Online:2012-09-15 Published:2012-09-15
  • Contact: HUANG Xi-Ting

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.

Key words: spatial metaphor of time, temporal representation, spatial axes