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Both collection risk and waiting costs give rise to the behavioral constellation of deprivation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 November 2017

Hugo Mell
Affiliation:
Evolution and Social Cognition Group, Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (LNC), Département d'Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL Research University, F-75005 Paris, France. hugo.mell@ens.frhttp://iec-esc.ens.fr/ Evolution and Social Cognition Group, Institut Jean Nicod, Département d'Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL Research University, F-75005 Paris, France. nbaumard@gmail.comhttps://sites.google.com/site/nicolasbaumard/
Nicolas Baumard
Affiliation:
Evolution and Social Cognition Group, Institut Jean Nicod, Département d'Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL Research University, F-75005 Paris, France. nbaumard@gmail.comhttps://sites.google.com/site/nicolasbaumard/
Jean-Baptiste André
Affiliation:
Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution, University Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France. jeanbaptisteandre@gmail.comhttp://jb.homepage.free.fr/

Abstract

Pepper & Nettle explain the behavioral constellation of deprivation (BCD) in terms of differences in collection risk (i.e., the probability of collecting a reward after some delay) between high- and low-socioeconomic-status (SES) populations. We argue that a proper explanation should also include the costs of waiting per se, which are paid even when the benefits are guaranteed.

Type
Open Peer Commentary
Copyright
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2017 

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