Nick Heather explores harmful choices and explains Hyperbolic Discounting
Posted on 14-12-2009
Nick references George Ainslie’s work on ‘pico-economics’ and ‘breakdown of will’. He explains the idea of hyperbolic discounting and how this related to addiction. He also explores the concepts of resolutions and preferences and how these relate to our understanding of addiction.


Nick Heather

Emeritus Professor of Alcohol & Other Drugs Studies

Location: Northumbria University

After working for ten years as a clinical psychologist in the UK National Health Service, in 1979 Nick Heather developed and led the Addictive Behaviours Research Group at the University of Dundee. In 1987 he became founding Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He…

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