Operations, Information and Decisions Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

7-2008

Publication Source

Perspectives on Psychological Science

Volume

3

Issue

4

Start Page

324

Last Page

338

DOI

10.1111/j.1745-6924.2008.00083.x

Abstract

Although observers of human behavior have long been aware that people regularly struggle with internal conflict when deciding whether to behave responsibly or indulge in impulsivity, psychologists and economists did not begin to empirically investigate this type of want/should conflict until recently. In this article, we review and synthesize the latest research on want/should conflict, focusing our attention on the findings from an empirical literature on the topic that has blossomed over the last 15 years. We then turn to a discussion of how individuals and policy makers can use what has been learned about want/should conflict to help decision makers select far-sighted options.

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.