Imagining Life Beyond Current Life Span study published in Innovation in Aging

In What is it like to be 572 year old? Self-imagining Open Lifespan; part 1, slides from 2017 I mentioned a philosophical thought experiment I thought up to have a device to exercise and test intuitions related to Open Lifespan from an individual point of view.

When I checked psychological research looking into distant self-simulation I’ve found that this philosophical idea can be exploited as a psychological tool. My favourite orienting academic paper was Turning I into me: Imagining your future self. So I contacted the first author, Professor C. Neil Macrae, out of the blue, who then connected me to the last author. The last author, now assistant professor of psychology, Brittany Tausen, then took the idea and turned it into a professional project: surveys were conducted including 700+ people enough for 3 different studies looking at different angles. We had a pretty good manuscript within ~3-4 months calculating from the birth of the idea itself, and that was early 2018. Next comes 2 years of painful peer-review experience at different journals, but eventually persistence, professionalism and innovation won, so here’s the paper, published in Innovation in Aging, and you can read it as free access!!!

The Mental Landscape of Imagining Life Beyond the Current Life Span: Implications for Construal and Self-Continuity

and here’s Translational Significance

How many of us are closer to our death than to our birth?

Have you ever wondered how many of us, still breathing, are closer to our death than to our birth already based on our chronological age & average life expectancy? How many of us can wake up every day knowing most of the time ‘allocated’ is gone?

I’m running a poll on Twitter to get a very rough estimation to figure out this ratio. My way of approaching this is to ask you to calculate this quantity (being closer to one’s death/birth) for yourself and the answer the binary poll so we can get to a a first rough estimation.

All you need to do to participate (assuming you have a Twitter account) is to go here  Continue reading “How many of us are closer to our death than to our birth?”