Decisions for others become less impulsive the further away they are on the family tree
Ziegler, Fenja V. and Tunney, Richard J. (2012) Decisions for others become less impulsive the further away they are on the family tree. PLoS ONE, 7 (11). e49479/1-e49479/5. ISSN 1932-6203
People tend to prefer a smaller immediate reward to a larger but delayed reward. Although this discounting of future rewards is often associated with impulsivity, it is not necessarily irrational. Instead it has been suggested that it reflects the decision maker’s greater interest in the ‘me now’ than the ‘me in 10 years’, such that the concern for our future self is about the same as for someone else who is close to us.
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