Mental models and temporal reasoning.

@article{Schaeken1996MentalMA,
  title={Mental models and temporal reasoning.},
  author={Walter Schaeken and Philip N. Johnson-Laird and G{\'e}ry d'Ydewalle},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1996},
  volume={60 3},
  pages={205-34}
}
We report five experiments investigating reasoning based on temporal relations, such as: "John takes a shower before he drinks coffee". How individuals make temporal inferences has not been studied hitherto, but we conjectured that they construct mental models of events, and we developed a computer program that reasons in this way. As the program shows, a problem of the form: a before b b before c d while b e while c What is the relation between d and e? where a, b, c, etc. refer to everyday… CONTINUE READING
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