Humans continually make choices about how long they will wait for a reward, like money, depending on how large the reward is. When a more delayed but larger amount of a reward is chosen over a less delayed but smaller amount, that choice can be defined as self-control. Part I of the presentation will consist of a review of self-control theories and parameters. Examples, such as dieting, studying, and credit card use will be discussed. Part II will present the design and results of an experiment that measured self-control for food. Participants interfaced with an apparatus that allowed them to make choices that demonstrate either self-control or impulsiveness. In some conditions, participants were hungry (versus full), and in some conditions, they had a view of the food through a clear window (versus no view). This allowed choice results to be examined with respect to deprivation level and presence of food cues.
|Presenters:||Patrick Conway (Undergraduate Student)
Jennifer Michels (Undergraduate Student)
|Time:||9 am (Session I)|