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Behav. Sci., Volume 9, Issue 1 (January 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Episodic future thinking (EFT), or the ability to prospectively imagine yourself at a future event, [...] Read more. Episodic future thinking (EFT), or the ability to prospectively imagine yourself at a future event, has been developed into an intervention to reduce delay discounting (DD), or the preference for smaller immediate rewards over larger future rewards, and to make healthier choices that promote long-term health rather than short term benefit. Most EFT interventions use EFT cues where the future events match the time delay of the DD task, which may limit their utility. In this study, the authors investigated whether there are differences in DD for groups that have EFT cues matched to the time-delays of the DD task in comparison to cues with unmatched temporal delays. No differences were found, suggesting that either the process of generating EFT cues or the use of any positive vivid future events, regardless of whether it is matched to the DD task, can reduce DD. View this paper