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ERIC Number: EJ911982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1539-4352
Delay Discounting of Self-Determined and Experimenter-Determined Commodities
Weatherly, Jeffrey N.; Gudding, Jennifer; Derenne, Adam
Behavior Analyst Today, v11 n2 p145-154 2010
Research suggests that individuals prefer self-determined reinforcers over experimenter-determined ones. The present study had 518 college students complete a delay-discounting task in which the commodity was cigarettes, a grocery store gift card, casino tokens, cash, or the choice of the four. The least amount of delay discounting was observed for the group that was given a choice, although the difference was not significantly different from two of the individual commodities (casino tokens & cash). The results support the conclusion that participants place a high value on having choice. These results have practical implications for teachers, researchers, and/or businesses who want to provide incentives for their students, participants, or customers, respectively. The results also highlight the usefulness of measuring delay discounting. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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