The following is a quote from Perceptions of Time in Relation to Climate Change ( Sabine Pahl, Stephen Sheppard, Christine Boomsma and Christopher Groves ) 2014

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Psychologically distant events are represented in ‘why’ terms, using abstract, schematic, and decontextualized mental representations that are related to meaning. Psychologically close events are represented in ‘how’ terms, focusing on feasibility and including rich details of the situation.