Title

Delay Discounting of Potentially Real and Hypothetical Rewards II: Between- and Within-Subject Comparisons

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology

Volume

12

Issue

4

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Publication Date

2004

First Page

251

Last Page

261

DOI

10.1037/1064-1297.12.4.251

Abstract

Prior studies comparing discounting of delayed hypothetical or potentially real rewards have reported no differences, but they used within-subjects designs. This raises the possibility that participants remembered their choices in one condition and repeated them in the other. In Experiment 1, between-subjects comparisons were made with an adjusting-amount procedure. No significant effect of reward type on delay discounting was detected. Experiment 2 increased the proportion of real rewards and made between- and within-subject comparisons. These comparisons also failed to reveal a significant effect of reward type. Although these findings are consistent with prior findings, caution is urged because choices involving hypothetical rewards have yet to be compared with choices involving real rewards (i.e., the consequences of every choice are obtained) in an experiment using forced-choice trials and steady-state methodology.

Comments

Originally published by the American Psychological Association.

This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

Publisher's PDF available for purchase through remote link.

Note: Greg Madden was affiliated with the University of Wisconsin at time of publication.

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