Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Paper Session #403
Assessing and Improving Effort-Based Decision-Making
Monday, May 29, 2023
5:00 PM–5:25 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom B
Area: EAB
Chair: Sara Peck (USU; NECC; WNE)
Assessing and Improving Effort-Based Decision-Making
Domain: Basic Research
SARA PECK (USU; NECC; WNE), Gregory J. Madden (Utah State University)
Abstract: A vast literature highlights the prevalence of impulsive decision-making in maladaptive outcomes. Most research has focused on one form of impulsive decision-making—delay discounting. However, interest in effort discounting, the decrease in subjective value of a reward as effort costs increase, is rising. In published effort discounting tasks, effort is conceptualized in many different ways, making it difficult to compare findings across studies. Additionally, most effort discounting tasks do not control for the increased time that the effort task imposes, making most effortful alternatives confounded with delay. One aim of this project was to develop a standard task for measuring effort discounting, and to evaluate the influence of the delay confound on effort discounting in that task. The other aim of this project was to examine the effects of an episodic future thinking intervention on effort discounting.



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