Thinking about neither death nor poverty affects delay discounting, but episodic foresight does:Three replications of the effects of priming on time preferences


We outline three attempts to replicate experiments that reported priming effects on time preferences measured by delay discounting. Experiment 1 tested the claim that images of poverty prime impulsive choice in people from less affluent backgrounds compared with people from more affluent backgrounds. Experiment 2 tested the claim that mortality salience—thinking about death—primes people to place more value on the future than people who thought about dental surgery. Experiment 3 tested the claim that an episodic foresight manipulation primes greater discounting than no episodic foresight. Experiments 1 and 2 failed to replicate the effects of priming on discount rates. Experiment 3 was a successful and very close replication of the effect of episodic foresight on discount rates.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Social priming,delay discounting,impulsivity,mortality salience,replication,scarcity,time preference,Physiology,Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology,Experimental and Cognitive Psychology,Psychology(all),Physiology (medical)
Publication ISSN: 1747-0226
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 08:04
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 11:01
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Published Date: 2022-04-14
Published Online Date: 2022-04-14
Accepted Date: 2022-03-31
Authors: Tunney, Richard (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4673-757X)
Raybould, Jodie



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