A computer-based demonstration of the effects of reward bundling on self-control exhibited by children identified as impulsive

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2021-05-06

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Evans, Samantha Swinnea

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Impulsive choice refers to the preference for a smaller-sooner (SS) reward over a larger-later (LL) reward when the larger reward would have been chosen at a longer delay to the choice pair; self-control is the inverse. Patterns of preference for impulsive alternatives can have adverse effects on delay discounting and self-control, especially when associated with addiction and disabilities. Although research exists showing the effectiveness of various methods for decreasing rates of delay discounting and shifting preference towards self-control (e.g. magnitude effects; progressively increasing delays), it may be beneficial to explore additional procedures that lead to successful outcomes. Therefore, the purpose of the current study is to extend and translate the basic literature on impulsive behavior to clinical populations by evaluating the effects of reward bundling on self-control using a computer-based model with individuals with disabilities.

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