Amanda Brunette, Spence Award Talk
Abstract: Episodic future thinking is the ability to mentally project oneself into the future into a specific time and place. This construct has been explored extensively in cognitive neuroscience. However, minimal research has assessed whether the measurement of episodic future thinking might be valuable in a clinical neuropsychological setting. This presentation will discuss the validity and clinical utility of measuring episodic future thinking. A recent study will be discussed which addressed the relationship between episodic future thinking and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). The findings suggest that episodic future thinking may be a domain of cognition that is relevant to the successful completion of IADLs. However, an episodic future thinking task may not provide enough valuable information about IADLs to justify its inclusion in a clinical neuropsychological setting. The conclusion of the talk will mention areas of future research, which include examining different aspects of future thinking in psychiatric populations.