Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Stephen D. Benning
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Carren Bellomo Warren
Number of Pages
A key assumption in many studies examining valuation of reward is that participants’ preferences for various rewards are meaningfully, monotonically ordered with respect to other possible rewards. However, this assumption has not been systematically tested. Two studies consisting of 74 undergraduates from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and 122 community members demonstrated nonmonotonic reward preferences when provided with parametrically varied reward magnitudes. Although deficits in reward processing are believed to be a key feature of depression, depressed participants were more willing to work hard for rewards and exhibited more monotonic reward preferences than non-depressed participants. Relative to imaginary rewards, participants were more willing to work for real money and spent more time making decisions when there was a possibility of earning real money.
Imaginary Rewards; Nonmonotonicity; Reward Preferences; Valuation
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Carfagno, Nicholas, "Nonmonotonicity in Absolute and Relative Preferences for Real and Imagined Rewards" (2017). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2954.
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