Précis of Breakdown of Will.

  title={Pr{\'e}cis of Breakdown of Will.},
  author={George Ainslie},
  journal={The Behavioral and brain sciences},
  volume={28 5},
  pages={635-50; discussion 650-73}
Behavioral science has long been puzzled by the experience of temptation, the resulting impulsiveness, and the variably successful control of this impulsiveness. In conventional theories, a governing faculty like the ego evaluates future choices consistently over time, discounting their value for delay exponentially, that is, by a constant rate; impulses arise when this ego is confronted by a conditioned appetite. Breakdown of Will (Ainslie 2001) presents evidence that contradicts this model… CONTINUE READING


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