Martin-Ordas G & Atance C (2013) Projecting the Self into the Future.. In: Bauer P & Fivush R (eds.) The Wiley Handbook on the Development of Children's Memory, I/Volume II. Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 645-664. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118597705
This chapter reviews the work on children's future thought with an eye to how this capacity is intimately related to their memory for the past, and the extent to which the existing research supports the claim that young children are mentally projecting the self into the future. It also review some of the non-human animal research because we believe that it provides useful insights on developmental issues as well as interesting avenues for future research with children. First, the chapter provides an overview of the concept of future thinking and its important conceptual link to memory. Second, it shows that developmental research is important for providing insight on the debate about whether existing tasks used with non-human animals require episodic foresight to succeed. Finally, the chapter also shows that some interesting research on involuntary episodic memories, which provides a potential direction for developmental research.