Temporal construal effects on abstract and concrete thinking: consequences for insight and creative cognition.

  title={Temporal construal effects on abstract and concrete thinking: consequences for insight and creative cognition.},
  author={Jens F{\"o}rster and Ronald S. Friedman and Nira Liberman},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={87 2},
Six studies investigate whether and how distant future time perspective facilitates abstract thinking and impedes concrete thinking by altering the level at which mental representations are construed. In Experiments 1-3, participants who envisioned their lives and imagined themselves engaging in a task 1 year later as opposed to the next day subsequently performed better on a series of insight tasks. In Experiments 4 and 5 a distal perspective was found to improve creative generation of… 

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