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Temporal categorization and the perception of future time periods

Social Psychology

People can perceive expected future events in different types of clusters. They can cluster longer periods into one large chunk (e.g. the summer holidays), or they can perceive events in the form of many separate clusters with important events standing out (e.g. birthdays, or exams). The present project investigates how the clustering of future events affects the perceived valence of the time period, and an individual's motivation to engage in the respective activity.

Researchers and partners

Behavioural and Social Sciences, Psychology
Partners outside of the University of Groningen
  • Johanna Peetz (Carleton University)


Courses connected to this project
  • Social Cognition and Affect (PSB3E-SP04)


  • Peetz, J., & Epstude, K. (2016). Calendars matter: Temporal categories affect cognition about future time periods. Social Cognition, 34, 255-270.

University's focus areas

  • Healthy Ageing
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