The Common Currency of Psychological Distance

  title={The Common Currency of Psychological Distance},
  author={Sam J. Maglio and Yaacov Trope and Nira Liberman},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={278 - 282}
People’s thoughts often go beyond what is right in front of them. In so doing, they mentally traverse psychological distance: They think about the past or the future, other places, other people, and wonder about the impossible. These four dimensions all tap into the same common construct of distancing from immediate experience. As a result, people associate each type of distance with the others and infer that anything far in one way will be far in all the other ways. Furthermore, distance… 

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