Psychological Research PRPF

, Volume 74, Issue 1, pp 59–70 | Cite as

In hindsight, life flows from left to right

  • Julio Santiago
  • Antonio Román
  • Marc Ouellet
  • Nieves Rodríguez
  • Pilar Pérez-Azor
Original Article


Three experiments investigated the mental representation of meaningful event sequences. Experiment 1 used extended (5 min long) naturalistic scenes excerpted from commercial movies. Experiments 2 and 3 presented everyday activities by means of sequences of six photographs. All experiments found both left–right and distance effects in an order decision task, suggesting that when contemplated in hindsight, experienced events unfold along a left-to-right analogical mental line. Present results are discussed in the context of the mental representation of other kinds of ordinal sequences, and other left–right effects reported in non-ordinal domains.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julio Santiago
    • 1
  • Antonio Román
    • 1
  • Marc Ouellet
    • 1
  • Nieves Rodríguez
    • 1
  • Pilar Pérez-Azor
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. de Psicología Experimental y Fisiología del ComportamientoUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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