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July 1979

Temporal Orientation and Education: A Direct Relationship in Normal People

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurosciences, The New Jersey Medical School (Dr Natelson, Mr Fleischer, Mr Grey), Division of Neurology, Veterans Administration Hospital, East Orange (Dr Natelson), and the Department of Psychology, Montclair State College, Upper Montclair, NJ (Dr Haupt).

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(7):444-446. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500430074014

• Neurologists usually do not take socioeconomic status into account when evaluating temporal orientation. Our data indicate that this is a mistake: temporal orientation related directly to education, one measure of socioeconomic level, in New Jersey residents. The neurologist should suspect an abnormality in temporal orientation for patients with (1) some college training and (2) no education beyond high school, if they misstate the day of the month by more than one or three days, respectively.