Date of Award
Master of Science
Dixon, Dr. Mark
The present study examined the relationship between values-based living and delay and social discounting. Thirty-nine individuals acted as participants in the study. Participants were asked to choose between immediate and delayed monetary rewards to determine rates of discounting. They were also asked to make choices between giving way monetary rewards to people with different ranges of closeness or keeping the reward for themselves. A Valued Living Questionnaire was also completed, where participants rated the importance and their action within the past week related to specific values. The results of the study demonstrated numerous moderate positive correlations between valued living and functions of social and delay discounting, and it is suggested that there is a correlation between impulsivity and valued living. This data will be important moving forward in developing therapies in order to guide an individual into the direction of the values important to him or her.
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