The Specificity of the Cognitive Representations of Time in Elderly



The article is devoted to research features of verbal and nonverbal cognitive representations of time as a component of the cognitive model of time perception in elderly and senile age. The basis of the relationship to time is a cognitive model of time perception, consisting of the cognitive representation of time. Cognitive model of time involved in the process of shaping a person's entire picture of the world and understanding their place in it. The results of the study allow us to describe the specifics of the knowing and experiencing of time. Representation of time in elderly and senile are characterized by the description of the time through the prism of the life, units of measuring time, as well as metaphorical images describing the properties and rate of flow of time. Time, in later ages represented as a finite resource that is accompanied by a feeling of scarcity, time pressure and accelerated subjective time.

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Keywords: time, awareness of time, representation, cognitive representation of time, old age

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Melehin A., Kireeva Z.A. The Specificity of the Cognitive Representations of Time in Elderly [Elektronnyi resurs]. Klinicheskaia i spetsial'naia psikhologiia = Clinical Psychology and Special Education, 2016. Vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 95–115. DOI: 10.17759/cpse.2016050307. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Aleksey Melehin, PhD in Psychology, Associate professor, Stolypin Humanitarian Institute, clinical psychologist of the highest qualification category, somnologist, cognitive behavioral psychotherapist, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Zoya A. Kireeva, professor, the Department of General psychology and psychology of personality development of the Odessa national University I. I. Mechnikov, Odessa, Ukraine, e-mail:



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