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An adaptive function of mental time travel: Motivating farsighted decisions

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Benoit,  Roland G.
Max Planck Research Group Adaptive Memory, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Berkers,  Ruud
Max Planck Research Group Adaptive Memory, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Paulus,  Philipp C.
Max Planck Research Group Adaptive Memory, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;
International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication, Leipzig, Germany;

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Benoit, R. G., Berkers, R., & Paulus, P. C. (2018). An adaptive function of mental time travel: Motivating farsighted decisions. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41: e3. doi:10.1017/S0140525X1700125X.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0000-334E-0
Abstract
The episodic memory system allows us to experience the emotions of past, counterfactual, and prospective events. We outline how this phenomenological experience can convey motivational incentives for farsighted decisions. In this way, we challenge important arguments for Mahr & Csibra's (M&C's) conclusion that future-oriented mental time travel is unlikely to be a central function of episodic memory.