Addiction: A Behavioral Economic Perspective focuses on the behavioral economics of addiction to explain why someone decides and act against her own well-being. It answers the questions of what accounts for self-defeating behavior patterns and how do we best motivate individuals to act according with their long-term goals. A better understanding of decision processes will lead to an improved knowledge of why people engage in self-destructive behaviors and better policy interventions in areas of addiction and obesity. The approach also promises to be valuable as a framework for understanding decisions for an addict’s professional and business life. This book will be of particular use to clinicians, students, and researchers in the fields of addiction, public health, and behavior therapy.
Table of Contents
1 Overview: Behavioral Economics, Addiction, and Self-Control 2. Cognitive Biases: A Primer on Behavioral Economics 3. Definition and the Nature of Addiction 4. The Nature of Emotions 5. The Role of Emotion in Decision Making 6. Choice Over Time 7. Anxiety and Decision-Making 8. Addiction and Choice 9. Sources of Self-Control Problem in Relation to Dieting Setbacks 10. Defining Self-Control: The Key Ingredients of Self-Control 11. Mitigating Self-Control Problems: How to Discipline Impulse 12. Conclusion
Shahram Heshmat, PhD, is a faculty member in the Public Health department at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He specializes in teaching Health Economics of Eating Behavior & Addiction.