When facing a decision, people look for relevant information to guide their choice. But how much information do they seek to obtain? Based on Construal Level Theory, we predicted that psychological distance from a decision would make participants seek more information prior to making a decision. Five experiments supported this prediction. When facing a decision between two decks of cards or two urns with marbles, participants preferred to sample more units of information for the purpose of making this decision in the distant future or for a friend (vs. in the near future or for themselves). These results suggest that expanding the scope of sampled experience is yet another way by which psychological distance affects decision making.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Experimental Social Psychology|
|State||Published - 1 Jul 2017|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by grants from the Israel Science Foundation to Nira Liberman (grant No. 92/12) and by the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and the Israel Science Foundation (grant No. 51/11). We thank Ido Erev for helpful discussions, and Einat Brainin, Esti Lam, Riki Ranya, Inbal Madmon, Hila Reem, Inbal Feldman, and Noa Bregman for their help with data collection.
© 2017 Elsevier Inc.
- Construal Level Theory
- Decision making
- Learning from experience
- Psychological distance
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science