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Using foresight to prioritise the present

  • Adam Bulley (a1), Gillian Pepper (a2) and Thomas Suddendorf (a1)

Planning for the future may encourage apparently “impulsive” behaviour when the future is anticipated to be bleak. Thus, a seeming failure of self-control in reactive violence could be caused not by a disinclination to plan ahead, but by virtue of this ability. Furthermore, we point to empirical and theoretical shortcomings in the authors' case, such as a failure to distinguish proximate and ultimate explanations.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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