Exploring preferences for variable delays over fixed delays to high-value food rewards as a model of food-seeking behaviours in humans

@article{Stokes2018ExploringPF,
  title={Exploring preferences for variable delays over fixed delays to high-value food rewards as a model of food-seeking behaviours in humans},
  author={Laura-Jean Gresham Stokes and Anna J. Davies and Paul Lattimore and Catharine A Winstanley and Robert D. Rogers},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B},
  year={2018},
  volume={374}
}
Foraging and operant models suggest that animals will tolerate uncertainty or risk to obtain food quickly. In modern food environments, sustained access to quick energy-dense foods can promote weight gain. Here, we used a discrete-choice procedure to examine peoples' decisions about when next to eat high-value, palatable food rewards, probabilistically delivered immediately or following longer delays. In Experiment 1, moderately hungry young females showed consistent preferences for a variable… CONTINUE READING
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