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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (12): 2161-2169.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.02161

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The concept of future self-continuity and its effects

LIU Yunzhi, YANG Ziyan, WANG Yuqi, CHEN Jun, CAI Huajian()   

  1. Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Center for Personality and Social Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2017-10-23 Online:2018-12-15 Published:2018-10-30
  • Contact: CAI Huajian


Future self-continuity refers to the degree of perceived connectedness between one’s present self and future self. A large body of research has demonstrated the significant role of future self-continuity in influencing temporal decision making, saving and consuming behaviors, academic achievements, social behaviors and exercise behavior. Future research may examine the neural basis of future self-continuity, explore its factors, and expand its potential applications.

Key words: future self-continuity, intertemporal decision making, temporal discounting

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