Choice between long- and short-term interests: Beyond self-control

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 18 (1):127-128 (1995)
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In the real world, there are choices between large, delayed, punctate rewards and small, more immediate rewards as well as choices between patterns and acts. A common element in these situations is the choice between long- and short-term interests. Key issues for future research appear to be how acts are restructured into larger patterns of behavior, and whether, as Rachlin implies, pattern perception is the cause of pattern generation



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