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Self-regulation predicts risk-taking through people's time horizon

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  • Angelo Panno,

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    1. Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
    • Correspondence should be addressed to Angelo Panno, Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Via dei Marsi, 78. Rome 00185, Italy. (E-mail: angelo.p@uniroma1.it)

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  • Antonio Pierro,

    1. Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
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  • Marco Lauriola

    1. Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
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  • We thank Carl W. Lejuez and Irvin P. Levin for numerous helpful comments and suggestions on earlier version of this manuscript. All the authors edited the manuscript. A. Panno and A. Pierro designed the experiment. A. Panno collected and analysed the data. A. Panno and M. Lauriola prepared the manuscript.

Abstract

In the context of decision-making research, people's regulatory orientation mode (i.e., assessment and locomotion modes) has been included among the most prominent individual difference variables, which may potentially account for choice behaviour. Thus, the main objective of our experiment was to investigate the relations between habitual use of regulatory mode and risk-taking through people's time horizon. Risk-taking was appraised using a behavioural measure (i.e., BART) 1 month following evaluation of habitual use of regulatory mode. The findings revealed a significant negative association between the assessment mode and risk-taking through individual differences in time horizon.

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