Prospection: Experiencing the Future

@article{Gilbert2007ProspectionET,
  title={Prospection: Experiencing the Future},
  author={D. Gilbert and T. Wilson},
  journal={Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={317},
  pages={1351 - 1354}
}
All animals can predict the hedonic consequences of events they've experienced before. But humans can predict the hedonic consequences of events they've never experienced by simulating those events in their minds. Scientists are beginning to understand how the brain simulates future events, how it uses those simulations to predict an event's hedonic consequences, and why these predictions so often go awry. 
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