Associations between a one-shot delay discounting measure and age, income, education and real-world impulsive behavior
Reimers, Stian, Maylor, Elizabeth A., Stewart, Neil and Chater, Nick. (2009) Associations between a one-shot delay discounting measure and age, income, education and real-world impulsive behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, Vol.47 (No.8). pp. 973-978. ISSN 0191-8869
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2009.07.026
There has been discussion over the extent to which delay discounting – as prototypically shown by a preference for a smaller-sooner sum of money over a larger-later sum – measures the same kind of impulsive preferences that drive non-financial behavior. To address this issue, a dataset was analyzed containing 42,863 participants’ responses to a single delay-discounting choice, along with self-report behaviors that can be considered as impulsive. Choice of a smaller-sooner sum was associated with several demographics: younger age, lower income, and lower education; and impulsive behaviors: earlier age of first sexual activity and recent relationship infidelity, smoking, and higher body mass index. These findings suggest that at least an aspect of delay discounting preference is associated with a general trait influencing other forms of impulsivity, and therefore that high delay discounting is another form of impulsive behavior.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Behavioural Science
Faculty of Science > Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Delay differential equations, Decision making, Smoking -- Psychological aspects, Obesity -- Psychological aspects, Choice (Psychology)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Personality and Individual Differences|
|Official Date:||December 2009|
|Number of Pages:||6|
|Page Range:||pp. 973-978|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC)|
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