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Zeb Kurth-Nelson, Warren Bickel and A. David Redish A theoretical account of cognitive effects in delay discounting European Journal of Neuroscience 35

Version of Record online: 4 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08058.x

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Although delay discounting, the attenuation of the value of future rewards, is a robust finding, the mechanism of discounting is not known. We propose a potential mechanism for delay discounting such that discounting emerges from a search process that is trying to determine what rewards will be available in the future.

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