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Slow down you move too fast! Disentangling temporal distance from abstraction when measuring of construal level
Research on teams suggest that time until a deadline can influence group conflict. However, most team studies investigate objective time, failing to incorporate research that suggests that individuals perceive time differently. Using construal level theory, we investigate the changes in perceived temporal distance. We review and categorize existing measures and manipulations and develop a measure of temporal distance and examine its relationship with perceived conflict. Using a sample of 170 undergraduate students engaged in project teams, we find that a significant number of participants do not report perceptions of time that match objective time, i.e., one of less time as a deadline approaches, across multiple time periods. In contrast to the assumption that perceived trend will follow objective time. We also show that for individuals who perceive time in line with objective time are less likely to engage in task and relationship conflict and are willing to see other perspectives.