Possible evolutionary and developmental mechanisms of mental time travel (and implications for autism)
Allman, M.J. and Mareschal, Denis (2016) Possible evolutionary and developmental mechanisms of mental time travel (and implications for autism). Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 8 , pp. 220-225. ISSN 2352-1546.
Through an interdisciplinary perspective integrating behavior, neurobiology and evolution, we present a cognitive framework underpinning the development of ‘time in mind’ in animals (phylogeny) and humans (ontogeny). We distinguish between conscious processing of events immediately available (in the present) to those that are hypothetical (in the past or future). The former is present in animals and neonates, whereas the latter emerges later in phylogeny and ontogeny (around 4 years of age in humans) and is related to the development of episodic memory (expanded working memory, complex actions, social–cognitive abilities). We suggest that forms of temporal representation that rely upon current bodily sensation across time, space, and action (through embodied interoceptive and motor systems) may be critical causal factors for the evolution of mental time travel.
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences|
|Research Centre:||Educational Neuroscience, Centre for, Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)|
|Date Deposited:||01 Mar 2016 17:20|
|Last Modified:||09 Dec 2016 11:16|
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