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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2021, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (12): 2224-2235.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2021.02224

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Decision effect in multiple dated intertemporal choice and its psychological mechanisms

SUN Hai-Long1, AN Xin-Ru2, XIONG Guan-Xing3()   

  1. 1School of Business, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou 510006, China
    2School of Management, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632, China
    3School of Economics and Management, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, China
  • Received:2020-09-17 Published:2021-10-26
  • Contact: XIONG Guan-Xing


Multiple dated outcomes in intertemporal choice involves the tradeoff of two or more outcomes at multiple time points, which has become the focus of research on intertemporal choice. According to the characteristics of the multiple dated intertemporal choice, this paper reviews the decision effects of multi-dated outcome on intertemporal choice, including: hidden zero effect, symbolic effect, extra dated money effect, front-end amount effect and sequence effect from the two-outcome and the sequence outcomes. In addition, the theoretical models such as the sequence model and the trade-off model to explain the above decision effects are explained. Finally, the paper points out the future research direction: the follow-up research should strengthen the discussion on the field of mixed gain-loss intertemporal choice, and further explore the mechanism of multiple dated intertemporal choice process by using the decision-making process tracking technology.

Key words: intertemporal choice, single dated outcome, multiple dated outcomes, sequential model, trade-off model

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