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Don't stop thinking about tomorrow: Individual differences in future self-continuity account for saving.

@article{ErsnerHershfield2009DontST,
  title={Don't stop thinking about tomorrow: Individual differences in future self-continuity account for saving.},
  author={Hal Ersner-Hershfield and Megan Garton and Kacey Ballard and Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin and Brian Knutson},
  journal={Judgment and decision making},
  year={2009},
  volume={4 4},
  pages={
          280-286
        }
}
Some people find it more difficult to delay rewards than others. In three experiments, we tested a "future self-continuity" hypothesis that individual differences in the perception of one's present self as continuous with a future self would be associated with measures of saving in the laboratory and everyday life. Higher future self-continuity (assessed by a novel index) predicted reduced discounting of future rewards in a laboratory task, more matches in adjectival descriptions of present and… Expand

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