A Few More Space-Time Visualizations

Space-time synesthesia, a topic that I have explored in my new book Creative Historical Thinking (Routledge, 2018), is the idea that some people reflexively think of time in spatial form. How they do so, however, differs from person to person.

Exploring this idea, I have been asking classrooms of college students to days their views of the day, week, month, or year, in spatial form.

The following images were drawn by students in a class at American University in Washington D.C., where I gave a guest lecture a few weeks ago.

visual1

Days of different length

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Time flows up and down and left and right

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Hour, day, and week: This one is my favorite. So much is going on. I can’t explain it all.

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