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PS27P-02-143

Could mental time lines be activated simultaneously?

[Speaker] Ding, Xianfeng:1,2
[Co-author] Li, Zhongshu:1,2, Niu, Bingyu:1, Cheng, Xiaorong:1,2, Fan, Zhao:1,2, Feng, Ning:1
1:School of Psychology, Central China Normal University (China (People's Republic of China)), 2:Brain and Cognition Lab. Central China Normal University (China (People's Republic of China))

A growing body of evidence suggested that time could be represented separately on horizontal, sagittal and vertical axis. However, little is known about whether these mental time lines with different origins and mechanisms could be activated simultaneously? We addressed this question using multi-dimension free-choice paradigm with Mandarin speakers in four experiments. The results showed that Spatial -Temporal Associations of Response Codes effects (STARC effects) could appear at the same time on horizontal and sagittal axes, or horizontal and vertical axes, which are from different origins; but not on sagittal and vertical axes, which are from the same origin. These findings clearly supported that mental time lines with different origins (sensorimotor experience and spatial metaphor) could be activated simultaneously, which implied simulation mechanism and metaphor mechanism could co-exist and interact with each other in abstract concept understanding.
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