Two Guys on your head
8:22 am
Fri June 6, 2014

How Does Psychological Distance Affect Us?

The idea of distance conjures up many images in our minds. We might be thinking of how wonderful it will be when we are retired and have time to spend with our loved ones, do some traveling, or play 18 holes of golf on a weekday. Or perhaps when we think of distance, we think of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how far away the conflicts are from us.

For Art Markman and Robert Duke, how we process distance is particularly important, because it clues researchers in to how we think and make decisions as a result of distance.

What role does distance have in how we consider the future? How can decreasing the distance between us and our money help us save money and plan for the future? Why is face-to-face interaction so important to us as a species?

In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, the doctors try to bridge the gap. Watch their conversation in the video player above, and listen to our broadcast spot.