Psychological Present

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A personal experience, or the conscious processing, of an event lasting for more than a few seconds. Essentially, the psychological perception of the present moment(s) within the context of ever-present change on a temporal scale.

James (1890), who called it the “specious present” compared it to the metaphor of, “a saddle-back… on which we sit perched, and from which we look into two directions into time” (Block, 1990: 5)


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  1. What are those “two directions”?

    How much time would be too long to be considered the psychological present?

    It would also be useful to add a link to the “Psychological Time” entry (which is not the same) and vice-versa.

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