Process-Tracing Methods in Decision Making: On Growing Up in the 70s

Schulte-Mecklenbeck, Michael; Johnson, Joseph G.; Böckenholt, Ulf; Goldstein, Daniel G.; Russo, J. Edward; Sullivan, Nicolette J.; Willemsen, Martijn C. (2017). Process-Tracing Methods in Decision Making: On Growing Up in the 70s. Current directions in psychological science, 26(5), pp. 442-450. Sage 10.1177/0963721417708229

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Decision research has experienced a shift from simple algebraic theories of choice to an appreciation of mental processes underlying choice. A variety of process-tracing methods has helped researchers test these process explanations. Here, we provide a survey of these methods, including specific examples for subject reports, movement-based measures, peripheral psychophysiology, and neural techniques. We show how these methods can inform phenomena as varied as attention, emotion, strategy use, and understanding neural correlates. Two important future developments are identified: broadening the number of explicit tests of proposed processes through formal modeling and determining standards and best practices for data collection.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Innovation Management > Consumer Behavior

UniBE Contributor:

Schulte-Mecklenbeck, Michael

Subjects:

600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISSN:

0963-7214

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daniela Lüdi

Date Deposited:

17 Jul 2018 09:46

Last Modified:

17 Jul 2018 09:56

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0963721417708229

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.117430

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/117430

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