Interdisciplinary Insights Into the Time Dimension of Human Thought and Behavior

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 158–159. Reviews the book, Choice Over Time edited by George Loewenstein and Jon Elster (1992). The editors have edited an excellent source on intertemporal choice, that is, how people choose among immediate and delayed outcomes and how small choices distributed over long periods can lead to unchosen outcomes. Fittingly for a book on time, it makes a fine bridge between the past (delay of gratification, which was one of the first temporal phenomena to be studied among human beings), the present (issues of self-control and cognitive processing of outcomes), and the future (the likely boom in time research). Like most edited books, the quality is uneven, but there is a wealth of useful and fascinating material here, and for researchers interested in time. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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