Temporal construal and time-dependent changes in preference

Yaacov Trope, Nira Liberman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Five studies tested the predictions of temporal construal theory and time-discounting theories regarding evaluation of near future and distant future options (outcomes, activities, products). The options had abstract or goal-relevant features (called high-level construal features) as well as more concrete or goal-irrelevant features (called low-level construal features). The studies varied the valence (positive vs. negative) and the type of valence (affective vs. cognitive) of the low-level and high-level construal features. The results show that the weight of high-level construal features, compared with the weight of low-level construal features, is greater in determining distant future preferences than near future preferences. The implications of the results for extant theories of time-dependent changes in preference are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)876-889
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume79
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2000

Fingerprint

Weights and Measures
time
evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this

Temporal construal and time-dependent changes in preference. / Trope, Yaacov; Liberman, Nira.

In: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 79, No. 6, 12.2000, p. 876-889.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{8e7a33fb82984b5195e6e5967075bab9,
title = "Temporal construal and time-dependent changes in preference",
abstract = "Five studies tested the predictions of temporal construal theory and time-discounting theories regarding evaluation of near future and distant future options (outcomes, activities, products). The options had abstract or goal-relevant features (called high-level construal features) as well as more concrete or goal-irrelevant features (called low-level construal features). The studies varied the valence (positive vs. negative) and the type of valence (affective vs. cognitive) of the low-level and high-level construal features. The results show that the weight of high-level construal features, compared with the weight of low-level construal features, is greater in determining distant future preferences than near future preferences. The implications of the results for extant theories of time-dependent changes in preference are discussed.",
author = "Yaacov Trope and Nira Liberman",
year = "2000",
month = "12",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "79",
pages = "876--889",
journal = "Journal of Personality and Social Psychology",
issn = "0022-3514",
publisher = "American Psychological Association Inc.",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Temporal construal and time-dependent changes in preference

AU - Trope, Yaacov

AU - Liberman, Nira

PY - 2000/12

Y1 - 2000/12

N2 - Five studies tested the predictions of temporal construal theory and time-discounting theories regarding evaluation of near future and distant future options (outcomes, activities, products). The options had abstract or goal-relevant features (called high-level construal features) as well as more concrete or goal-irrelevant features (called low-level construal features). The studies varied the valence (positive vs. negative) and the type of valence (affective vs. cognitive) of the low-level and high-level construal features. The results show that the weight of high-level construal features, compared with the weight of low-level construal features, is greater in determining distant future preferences than near future preferences. The implications of the results for extant theories of time-dependent changes in preference are discussed.

AB - Five studies tested the predictions of temporal construal theory and time-discounting theories regarding evaluation of near future and distant future options (outcomes, activities, products). The options had abstract or goal-relevant features (called high-level construal features) as well as more concrete or goal-irrelevant features (called low-level construal features). The studies varied the valence (positive vs. negative) and the type of valence (affective vs. cognitive) of the low-level and high-level construal features. The results show that the weight of high-level construal features, compared with the weight of low-level construal features, is greater in determining distant future preferences than near future preferences. The implications of the results for extant theories of time-dependent changes in preference are discussed.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0034567033&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0034567033&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 11138758

AN - SCOPUS:0034567033

VL - 79

SP - 876

EP - 889

JO - Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

JF - Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

SN - 0022-3514

IS - 6

ER -