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Drugs' rapid payoffs distort evaluation of their instrumental uses 1

  • George Ainslie (a1)


Science has needed a dispassionate valuation of psychoactive drugs, but a motivational analysis should be conducted with respect to long-term reward rather than reproductive fitness. Because of hyperbolic overvaluation of short-term rewards, an individual's valuation depends on the time she forms it and the times she will revisit it, sometimes making her best long-term interest lie in total abstinence.



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Drugs' rapid payoffs distort evaluation of their instrumental uses 1

  • George Ainslie (a1)


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