Using foresight to prioritise the present

Adam Bulley*, Gillian Pepper, Thomas Suddendorf

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere79
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Early online date11 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2017
Externally publishedYes


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