Journal article

High monetary reward rates and caloric rewards decrease temporal persistence

B Fung, S Bode, C Murawski

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences | Royal Society, The | Published : 2017

Abstract

Temporal persistence refers to an individual's capacity to wait for future rewards, while forgoing possible alternatives. This requires a trade-off between the potential value of delayed rewards and opportunity costs, and is relevant to many real-world decisions, such as dieting. Theoretical models have previously suggested that high monetary reward rates, or positive energy balance, may result in decreased temporal persistence. In our study, 50 fasted participants engaged in a temporal persistence task, incentivised with monetary rewards. In alternating blocks of this task, rewards were delivered at delays drawn randomly from distributions with either a lower or higher maximum reward rate. ..

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