International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

2JJ Time Perception in Building Communities and Intergroup Relations

(Session Organizer) Davide Morselli, National Centre for Competence in Research LIVES, University of Lausanne; (Chair) Davide Morselli, National Centre for Competence in

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: National Centre for Competence in Research LIVES, University of Lausanne
Research Area: Intergroup relations

The philosophical tradition of Kant, Husserl, Heidegger, and its translation into psychology started by Lewin, had placed human beings in a here and now in which “here” defines the social context and the environmental aspect of life, while “now” describes the time that passed and that has yet to come. Thus, people are never in an empty space or a null time; their perception and projection into the spatial, social and temporal environment influence their judgements and actions. Although political psychology has become increasingly interested in the effects of contextual factors, research on time has received a few attentions. In contrast, other domains of psychology (e.g., developmental, environmental) have shown that differences in time perception play a key role on individual and social behaviour. According to Nuttin (1985) “future and past events have an impact on present behaviour to the extent that they are actually present on the cognitive level of behavioural functioning” (p. 54). The individual’s perceptions of and orientations to time, especially of the future and the past, play significant roles in building communities, identifying what communities are and, especially, what they want to become.
 This panel is concerned with the interaction between time perspective and intergroup relations. How do individual and collective perspectives of time influence social groups and social identity? Is the time perspective a normative aspect of social life? In particular, the panel will inquire into the extent to which intergroup relations and community can be modified by different time perspectives.