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Investigations in spontaneous discounting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19487752     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Oppenheimer's (2004) demonstration that causal discounting (when the presence of one cause casts doubt on the presence of another) can happen spontaneously addressed the standing concern that discounting was an artifact of experimental demands, but these results could have resulted from memory inhibition. The present studies rule out this alternative using the same surname frequency estimation paradigm. In Study 1, individuals discounted surname familiarity even when it could be attributed to semantic meaning; in Study 2, participants under cognitive load discounted less; in Study 3, participants who were promised a prize for accuracy discounted more. All three results conform to a spontaneous causal discounting account better than to the inhibition alternative.
Authors:
Daniel M Oppenheimer; Benoît Monin
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Memory & cognition     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0090-502X     ISO Abbreviation:  Mem Cognit     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-02     Completed Date:  2009-08-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0357443     Medline TA:  Mem Cognit     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  608-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA. doppenhe@princeton.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Association Learning*
Attention
Choice Behavior*
Culture
Humans
Inhibition (Psychology)*
Mental Recall
Motivation
Names*
Semantics*

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