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IMAGINEyournextvacation.Youare relaxingonabeach,waveslappingat
 

Summary: 
IMAGINEyournextvacation.Youare
relaxingonabeach,waveslappingat
theshore,acoolbreezewafting
throughthetreesandthesuncaressingyour
skin.Fillinthedetails.Whatelsedoyousee?
Now,rememberyesterday'scommute.Again,
apictureemerges.Youareonthetrainorin
yourcar,ormaybejustwanderingfromyour
kitchentoyourdesk.Canyourememberwhat
youwerewearing?Perhapsyouhaveforgotten
thatpartalready.
Without breaking sweat, you can hurtle
yourself backwards or forwards in time in
your mind's eye what is known as"mental
time travel". One of these visions really
happened and the other was fantasy, yet the
act of conjuring them up probably felt very
36 | NewScientist | 24 March 2007 www.newscientist.com
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Source: Addis, Donna Rose - Department of Psychology, University of Auckland

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine