The long and the short of it: On the nature and origin of functional overlap between representations of space and time

@article{Srinivasan2010TheLA,
  title={The long and the short of it: On the nature and origin of functional overlap between representations of space and time},
  author={Mahesh Srinivasan and Susan Carey},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2010},
  volume={116},
  pages={217-241}
}
When we describe time, we often use the language of space (The movie was long; The deadline is approaching). Experiments 1-3 asked whether-as patterns in language suggest-a structural similarity between representations of spatial length and temporal duration is easier to access than one between length and other dimensions of experience, such as loudness. Adult participants were shown pairings of lines of different length with tones of different duration (Experiment 1) or tones of different… CONTINUE READING

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