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Does the “incentive hope” hypothesis explain food-wasting behavior among humans? Yes and no

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 March 2019

Michał Misiak
Institute of Psychology, University of Wroclaw, 50-527 Wroclaw, Poland.
Piotr Sorokowski
Institute of Psychology, University of Wroclaw, 50-527 Wroclaw, Poland.
Maciej Karwowski
Institute of Psychology, University of Wroclaw, 50-527 Wroclaw, Poland.


In this commentary, we discuss how the “incentive hope” hypothesis explains differences in food-wasting behaviors among humans. We stress that the role of relevant ecological characteristics should be taken into consideration together with the incentive hope hypothesis: population mobility, animal domestication, and food-wasting visibility.

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