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Addiction, procrastination, and failure points in decision-making systems

  • Chrisoula Andreou (a1)

Redish et al. suggest that their failures-in-decision-making framework for understanding addiction can also contribute to improving our understanding of a variety of psychiatric disorders. In the spirit of reflecting on the significance and scope of their research, I briefly develop the idea that their framework can also contribute to improving our understanding of the pervasive problem of procrastination.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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