Improving the past and the future: a temporal asymmetry in hypothetical thinking.

Abstract

Current views of hypothetical thinking implicitly assume that the content of imaginary thoughts about the past and future should be the same. Two experiments show that, given the same experienced facts of reality, future imagination may differ from past reconstruction. When participants failed a task, their counterfactual thoughts focused on uncontrollable… (More)
DOI: 10.1037/a0027947

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