Even Abstract Motion Influences the Understanding of Time

Teenie Matlock, Kevin J. Holmes, Mahesh Srinivasan, Michael Ramscar
2011 Metaphor and Symbol  
Many metaphor theorists argue that our mental experience of time is grounded in our understanding of space, including motion through space. Results from recent experiments -in which people think about motion, which in turn influences their thinking about time -support this position. Still, many questions remain about the nature of the metaphorical connection between time and space. Can the mere suggestion of motion influence how people reason about time, and if so, when and how? Three
more » ... ow? Three experiments investigated how thinking about "abstract" motion through sequences of numbers or letters would influence reasoning about time. Our results extend earlier psychological work on the link between time and space by showing that even motion in non-physical domains can influence temporal reasoning. The results provide further evidence that metaphorical understanding is grounded in our everyday physical and conceptual experience.
doi:10.1080/10926488.2011.609065 fatcat:tgyy6pktv5bjxj6fv6pnyhvnfy