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1995 Feels So Close Yet So Far: The Effect of Event Markers on Subjective Feelings of Elapsed Time

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Title: 1995 Feels So Close Yet So Far: The Effect of Event Markers on Subjective Feelings of Elapsed Time
Authors: Zauberman, G
Levav, J
Diehl, K
Bhargave, R
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Why does an event feel more or less distant than another event that occurred around the same time? Prior research suggests that characteristics of an event itself can affect the estimated date of its occurrence. Our work differs in that we focused on how characteristics of the time interval following an event affect people’s feelings of elapsed time (i.e., their feelings of how distant an event seems). We argue that a time interval that is punctuated by a greater number of accessible intervening events related to the target event (event markers) will make the target event feel more distant, but that unrelated intervening events will not have this effect. In three studies, we found support for the systematic effect of event markers. The effect of markers was independent of other characteristics of the event, such as its memorability, emotionality, importance, and estimated date, a result suggesting that this effect is distinct from established dating biases.
Issue Date: 13-Jan-2010
Date of Acceptance: 18-Dec-2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/38964
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956797609356420
ISSN: 0956-7976
Publisher: SAGE
Start Page: 133
End Page: 139
Journal / Book Title: Psychological Science
Volume: 21
Issue: 1
Copyright Statement: © Sage 2010. The final publication is available via Sage at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956797609356420
Keywords: Experimental Psychology
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School