The opportunity cost model: Automaticity, individual differences, and self-control resources
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This paper is an Open Peer Commentary on the article - R. Kurzban, A. Duckworth, J.W. Kable and J. Myers. 2013. An opportunity cost model of subjective effort and task performance. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 36: 661-726. doi:10.1017/S0140525X12003196.
I contend that Kurzban et al.'s model is silent on three issues. First, the extent to which opportunity-cost computations are automatic or deliberative is unclear. Second, the role of individual differences in biasing opportunity-cost computations needs elucidating. Third, in the absence of “next-best” tasks, task persistence will be indefinite, which seems unfeasible, so perhaps integration with a limited-resource account is necessary.
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