Culture, Temporal Focus, and Values of the Past and the Future

Guo, Tieyuan, Ji, Li-Jun, Spina, Roy and Zhang, Zhiyong (2012) Culture, Temporal Focus, and Values of the Past and the Future. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38 (8). pp. 1030-1040. ISSN 0146-1672

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Abstract

This article examines cultural differences in how people value future and past events. Throughout four studies, the authors
found that European Canadians attached more monetary value to an event in the future than to an identical event in the past, whereas Chinese and Chinese Canadians placed more monetary value to a past event than to an identical future event. The authors also showed that temporal focus—thinking about the past or future—explained cultural influences on the temporal value asymmetry effect. Specifically, when induced to think about and focus on the future, Chinese valued the future more than the past, just like Euro-Canadians; when induced to think about and focus on the past, Euro-Canadians valued the past more than the future, just like Chinese.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Research Centres > POWER Centre
Departments > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Roy Spina
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 08:42
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2016 08:42
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2054

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