Delayed reward discounting and addictive behavior: a meta-analysis

J MacKillop, MT Amlung, LR Few, LA Ray, LH Sweet, MR Munafo

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Rationale Delayed reward discounting (DRD) is a behavioral economic index of impulsivity and numerous studies have examined DRD in relation to addictive behavior. To synthesize the findings across the literature, the current review is a meta-analysis of studies comparing DRD between criterion groups exhibiting addictive behavior and control groups. Objectives The meta-analysis sought to characterize the overall patterns of findings, systematic variability by sample and study type, and possible small study (publication) bias. Methods Literature reviews identified 310 candidate articles from which 46 studies reporting 64 comparisons were identified (total N=56,013). Results From the total comparisons identified, a small magnitude effect was evident (d=.15; p
Translated title of the contributionDelayed reward discounting and addictive behavior: a meta-analysis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305 - 321
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

Structured keywords

  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Tobacco and Alcohol


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