Researcher ORCID Identifier
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Sean Masaki Flynn
This study examines differences in temporal discounting tendencies in German and French participants (recruited through Amazon Mechanical Turk) through the lens of Neo-Whorfian cognition and the Linguistic Savings Hypothesis (Chen 2013). The LSH proposes that tendencies towards future-oriented economic decisions can be cognitively explained by literal morphosyntactic conventions of one’s native language. Our experiments (sooner-smaller/larger-later choices, endowment-investment task) failed to produce results aligning with the LSH, but uncovered the importance of controlling for risk appetite when specifically investigating intertemporal choice. There are several fruitful improvements to consider for the future, such as stricter sampling, taking richer detail of time preferences, and more robust risk controls.
Connelly, Piper, "Neo-Whorfian Examination of Cross-Linguistic Temporal Discounting Behavior" (2023). Scripps Senior Theses. 2029.