The Psychology of Thinking about the Future

Edited by Gabriele Oettingen, A. Timur Sevincer, and Peter M. Gollwitzer

Hardcovere-bookprint + e-book
March 30, 2018
ISBN 9781462534418
Price: $88.00
554 Pages
Size: 7" x 10"
February 12, 2018
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Price: $88.00
554 Pages
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554 Pages

“Impressive. The star-studded lineup of productive, creative researchers provides a rich assortment of fascinating perspectives on how human minds grapple with the importance and uncertainty of what lies ahead. This book is a terrific resource for anyone wishing to be brought up to date on what psychology has learned about this vital aspect of everyday life. It is full of provocative ideas and surprising facts and findings.”

—Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia

“This fascinating volume brings together leading scholars who provide a wealth of perspectives on future-thinking, organized around three distinct functions of exploration, prediction, and planning and achieving goals. Contributors detail how thinking about the future affects nearly every aspect of human thought and behavior—physical and psychological health, academic performance, self-regulation, persistence toward goals, ethical decision making, political choices, perception of time, anticipated regret, and more. The volume draws new connections across seemingly distinct areas of research, and will be of interest to graduate students and researchers alike. It is sure to generate future collaborations and connections across disciplines, and in so doing, to improve people's lives.”

—Susan A. Gelman, PhD, Heinz Werner Distinguished University Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan

“One of the marks of what it is to be human is the ability to think about the future, and this excellent volume explores the many vicissitudes of prospection. It contains cutting-edge chapters from prominent researchers in many disciplines. I can easily imagine a future in which all psychologists have this book on their shelves!”

—Timothy D. Wilson, PhD, Sherrell J. Aston Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia