What shall I do tomorrow? When will I pass my driving test? When will I be a father?
As opposed to concentrating on the present, we seem to spend an awful lot of time pondering our own future. My interest is in why and how humans imagine the future. It is also known that thoughts about the future can be changed dramatically and consequentially by brain injury and psychological ill health. My aim is by studying these changes we can understand more about these disorders, and by doing so uncover new therapies and new ways of understanding the human mind.
If you feel your thoughts about the future have been affected by a neurological or psychological disorder feel free to contact me as you may be able to participate in ongoing research projects. I am currently interested in how memory disorders, neurological disturbance (e.g., stroke, brain tumor) age and psychological disorders (e.g., emotional disorders, OCD) can affect future thinking. Your participation is highly valued and is the bedrock of increasing and improving knowledge of psychological processes.
Cole, S. N & Kvavilashvili, L. (2019) . Spontaneous and deliberate future thinking: a dual process account. Psychological Research (in press). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-019-01262-7
Cole, S. N. & Kvavilashvili, L. (2019) Spontaneous future cognition: The past, present and future of an emerging topic. Psychological Research, 83 (4), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-019-01193-3