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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (9): 1622-1630.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.01622

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Concept, measurements, antecedents and consequences of the effect of emotion on intertemporal choice

JIANG Yuan-Ping, SUN Hong-Yue()   

  1. College of Education, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China
  • Received:2018-11-06 Online:2019-09-15 Published:2019-07-24
  • Contact: Hong-Yue SUN;


The effect of emotions on intertemporal choice has gradually become a new research trend in recent years. On the basis of the time of occurrence in the decision-making process, emotions can be classified into three categories: emotions before decision-making, emotions in decision-making, and emotions after decision-making. Currently, most of the studies on emotion and intertemporal choice, especially those on emotions before decision-making, mainly focus on revealing the phenomenon other than the underlying mechanism. Moreover, revealing the underlying mechanism of emotions on intertemporal choice from the cognitive and decision-making processes through the behavioral experiments and neuroimaging technical would help people in understanding the mechanism of intertemporal choice and in making good decisions by taking advantage of emotions. Ultimately, future research must further improve the depth and ecological validity, e.g., exploring the effect of dynamic emotions, daily emotions, or mixed emotions on intertemporal choice, and pay considerable attention to emotional interventions.

Key words: emotion, intertemporal choice, emotions before decision-making, emotions in decision-making, emotions after decision-making

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