This article presents a continuous measure of future self-continuity (FSC-C) designed for use in web-based surveys. It allows researchers to assess on a continuous scale the similarity or connectedness that participants feel in relation to their future selves. The measure has an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, where participants can drag one circle over another circle to a certain degree of overlap to indicate closeness of the relation between their present self and their future selves. The measure is highly customizable and is therefore also attractive for researchers in other domains (e.g., to measure Inclusion of Other in the Self). In this regard, the measure is an alternative to that reported by Le, Moss, and Mashek in this journal. This article describes the motivation for the development of the measure as well as how it is constructed.

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Keywords choice behaviors, future self-continuity, Inclusion of Other in the Self, measurement, methodology
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/0894439316653513
Journal Social Science Computer Review
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Kamphorst, B.A. (Bart A.), Nauts, S. (Sanne), & Blouin-Hudon, E.-M. (Eve-Marie). (2017). Introducing a Continuous Measure of Future Self-Continuity. Social Science Computer Review, 35(3), 417–421. doi:10.1177/0894439316653513