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What month is it? The process of temporal orientation on a unit of the year scale.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9015949     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The process of temporal orientation was studied in 977 subjects. They had to respond to one of the following questions: 'What is (was, will be) the current (previous, next) month?', and to explain 'how' they had come to answer as they did. In the majority of cases, temporal landmarks justifying the responses referred to the present, whatever the context of the question. The use of Future Landmarks increased from the beginning to the end of the month, and from the Previous Month question to the Next Month question. Response times varied with the type of temporal landmarks, and with the question context. On average, users of a Future Landmark responded faster. Results are discussed in relation to results of other studies using a 'days of the week' scale. The different use of past, current and future landmarks supports a hypothesis that response identification depends on the functional importance of the landmarks underlying a spreading activation process.
M F Valax; E Tremblay; F Sarocchi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta psychologica     Volume:  94     ISSN:  0001-6918     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Psychol (Amst)     Publication Date:  1996 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-04-02     Completed Date:  1997-04-02     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370366     Medline TA:  Acta Psychol (Amst)     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  309-17     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratoire Trarail & Cognition, Maison de la recherche, Toulouse, France.
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MeSH Terms
Cortical Spreading Depression
Middle Aged
Problem Solving*
Reaction Time
Reference Values
Time Perception*

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