How Preliminary Are Preliminary Decisions?

Schrackmann, Michael; Oswald, Margit (2014). How Preliminary Are Preliminary Decisions? Swiss journal of psychology, 73(1), pp. 5-11. Huber 10.1024/1421-0185/a000122

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The present research focuses on the question of whether even a preliminary decision causes a confirmation bias in order to maintain the status quo and examines individual differences in consistency between the preliminary and final decision and biased information processing. Dispositional Need for Closure (NFC, Webster & Kruglanski, 1994) was expected to predict revision or maintenance of the preliminary decision (decision consistency) after additional information on the issue was searched for and evaluated. Participants higher on dispositional NFC were less likely to change their preliminary decision than participants lower on dispositional NFC. Furthermore, the effect of NFC on decision consistency was fully mediated by biased information evaluation following the preliminary decision.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience

UniBE Contributor:

Schrackmann, Michael and Oswald, Margit

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1421-0185

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Irène Gonce-Gyr

Date Deposited:

17 Apr 2014 12:12

Last Modified:

13 Sep 2017 06:25

Publisher DOI:

10.1024/1421-0185/a000122

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.43914

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/43914

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