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Optimal indolence: a normative microscopic approach to work and leisure

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Optimal indolence: a normative microscopic approach to work and leisure

Niyogi, Ritwik, Breton, Yannick-André, Solomon, Rebecca Brana, Conover, Kent, Shizgal, Peter and Dayan, Peter (2013) Optimal indolence: a normative microscopic approach to work and leisure. The Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11 (91). p. 20130969. ISSN 1742-5689

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Abstract

Dividing limited time between work and leisure when both have their attractions is a common everyday decision. We provide a normative control theoretic treatment of this decision that bridges economic and psychological accounts. We show how our framework applies to free-operant behavioural experiments in which subjects are required to work (depressing a lever) for sufficient total time (called the price) to receive a reward. When the microscopic
benefit-of-leisure increases nonlinearly with duration, the model generates behaviour that qualitatively matches various microfeatures of subjects’ choices, including the distribution of leisure bout durations as a function of the payoff. We relate our model to traditional accounts by deriving macroscopic, molar, quantities from microscopic choices.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Concordia University > Research Units > Centre for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Niyogi, Ritwik and Breton, Yannick-André and Solomon, Rebecca Brana and Conover, Kent and Shizgal, Peter and Dayan, Peter
Journal or Publication:The Journal of the Royal Society Interface
Date:27 November 2013
Funders:
  • Gatsby Charitable Foundation
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Fond de recherche Que´bec - Sante
ID Code:978207
Deposited By: PETER SHIZGAL
Deposited On:20 Jan 2014 14:33
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:46
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