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Compatibility and the use of information processing strategies

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Selart, Marcus; Gärling, Tommy; Montgomery, Henry

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Abstract When a prominent attribute looms larger in one response procedure than in another, a violation of procedure invariance occurs. A hypothesis based on com-patibility between the structure of the input information and the required output was tested as an explanation of this phenomenon. It was also compared with other existing hypotheses in the field. The study had two aims: (1) to illustrate the prominence effect in a selection of preference tasks (choice, acceptance decisions, and preference ratings); (2) to demonstrate the processing differences in a matching procedure versus the selected preference tasks. Hence, verbal protocols were collected in both a matching task and in subsequent preference tasks. Silent control conditions were also employed. The structure compatibility hypothesis was confirmed in that a prominence effect obtained in the preference tasks was accompanied by a lower degree of attention to the attribute levels in these tasks. Furthermore, as predicted from the structure compatibility hypothesis, it was found that fewer comparisons between attribute levels were performed in the preference tasks than in the matching task. It was therefore concluded that both these processing differences may explain the occurrence of the prominence effects.
Keywords information process; cognition; decision making; decision making process; judgment formation; decision making criterion; preference; effect
Classification General Psychology
Document language English
Publication Year 1998
Page/Pages p. 59-72
Journal Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 11 (1998)
ISSN 0894-3257
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike