Risk-Sensitive Foraging in Humans Budgeting Time: Correlated with Real-World Financial Situation

by Kucera, Stephanie Carsten

Abstract (Summary)
Foraging theory has been studied extensively in non-human animals. Using models developed through animal-study, researchers have recently begun to examine how humans make decisions with regard to resource-expenditure. Using a computer-based task, the proposed study investigated risk-sensitive decision-making, in humans. Participants were asked to "spend" a most valuable resource, time, in order to complete a computer-based task. Participants were asked to choose between two computer-generated selection boxes, each yielding a different delay-value. However, participants were given different feedback as to how each session progressed (i.e. whether ahead or behind) depending on the budget condition to which he was assigned. It was found that both males and females were sensitive to budget condition such that participants were more risk-averse under the positive budget condition and all participants were less risk-averse under the negative budget condition. A questionnaire on participants' financial situation and goals was also included.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Allen Szalda-Petree

School:The University of Montana

School Location:USA - Montana

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:12/05/2006

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