Commodity specific rates of temporal discounting: does metabolic function underlie differences in rates of discounting?

@article{Charlton2008CommoditySR,
  title={Commodity specific rates of temporal discounting: does metabolic function underlie differences in rates of discounting?},
  author={Shawn R Charlton and Edmund Fantino},
  journal={Behavioural processes},
  year={2008},
  volume={77 3},
  pages={334-42}
}
Discounting rates vary as a function of commodity type. Previous studies suggest five potential characteristics of the commodity that could explain these differences: type of reinforcer (primary or secondary), if the commodity is perishable, if the commodity is satiable, if the commodity can be directly consumed, and immediacy of consumption. This paper suggests that these characteristics may best be viewed as related to a more fundamental characteristic: metabolic processing. In order to… CONTINUE READING

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