Cross-Cultural Differences in Mental Representations of Time: Evidence From an Implicit Nonlinguistic Task

  title={Cross-Cultural Differences in Mental Representations of Time: Evidence From an Implicit Nonlinguistic Task},
  author={Orly Fuhrman and Lera Boroditsky},
  journal={Cognitive science},
  volume={34 8},
Across cultures people construct spatial representations of time. However, the particular spatial layouts created to represent time may differ across cultures. This paper examines whether people automatically access and use culturally specific spatial representations when reasoning about time. In Experiment 1, we asked Hebrew and English speakers to arrange pictures depicting temporal sequences of natural events, and to point to the hypothesized location of events relative to a reference point… 

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