Delay of Consequences and the Riskiness of Decisions

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Community and Global Health (CGU)

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Applied Behavior Analysis | Mental and Social Health | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


People often make decisions which commit them to a course of actions whose consequences will be suffered or enjoyed at some later time The present experiments were designed to explore whether the length of the interval between decision and consequence might affect the amount of risk the decision-maker is willing to tolerate. The basic hypothesis of the study can be presented simply: The greater the delay between making a decision and experiencing its consequences, the greater the tendency to choose risky rather than conservative decision alternatives.

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© 1973 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.