Examining the role of risk in waiting preference and dynamic preference reversal: An experience intertemporal choice study

Ping Xu, Benjamin T. Vincent, Hui Sang, Xiaodong Li (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Short waits are pervasive in modern life. This study addressed how risk impacts intertemporal decisions that involve short waits (of 72 s or less) and how those decisions change while waiting. We used an experience time-discounting task sensitive to the impact of risk and which can measure intratrial preference reversals. Three experiments showed that (1) adding uncertainty to outcomes does not change participants' preferences in waiting for a reward, but it reduces their willingness in waiting for a reduction of losses; (2) adding uncertainty to outcomes increases participants' tendency to switch their decisions during the course of waiting; and (3) participants showed no gain–loss asymmetry for risky intertemporal choices.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Behavioral Decision Making
Early online date22 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • coin collection task
  • dynamic preference reversal
  • experience time-discounting task
  • gain–loss asymmetry
  • risky intertemporal choice

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