Mathematics and Statistics
Proceedings of the 40th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Vol. 3
Csaba Csíkos, Attila Rausch, Judit Szitányi
Episodic future thinking is a process of mentally projecting one's self into a future event, allowing the event to be experienced before it actually occurs (Atance & O'Neill, 2001). The current study explores the possibility that students engage in episodic future thinking while solving mathematical tasks. Participating students were given mathematical situations and verbalized thoughts that emerged as they planned resolutions to the situations. All participants exhibited episodic future thinking and we present a categorization of these thoughts. Given extant results on the positive influence episodic future thinking has on general problem-solving ability, we propose that a similar influence might exist on mathematical problem solving.
Wes Maciejewski, Reece Roberts, and Donna Rose Addis. "Episodic Future Thinking In Mathematical Situations" Proceedings of the 40th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Vol. 3 (2016): 227-234.