Doing Unto Future Selves As You Would Do Unto Others: Psychological Distance and Decision Making

  title={Doing Unto Future Selves As You Would Do Unto Others: Psychological Distance and Decision Making},
  author={E. Pronin and Christopher Y. Olivola and Kathleen A. Kennedy},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={224 - 236}
  • E. Pronin, Christopher Y. Olivola, Kathleen A. Kennedy
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  • Four experiments showed that the decisions people make for future selves and other people are similar to each other and different from their decisions for present selves. Experiments involved decisions to drink a disgusting liquid for scientific purposes (Experiment 1), tutor peers during exam week (Experiment 2), receive e-mails for charity (Experiment 3), and defer a lottery prize for a larger one (Experiment 4). These findings seemed to be at least partially rooted in the tendency for… CONTINUE READING
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