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Power, risk, and the status quo: does power promote riskier or more conservative decision making?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17400833     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Two experiments suggest that the experience of power can interact with a person's level of power motivation to produce effects on risky decision making. In Study 1, assignment to a position of power increased risk taking among participants with low levels of power motivation but reduced risk taking among participants with high levels of power motivation. In Study 2, participants high in power motivation again made more conservative decisions, but only under circumstances in which the dominance hierarchy was unstable and there was potential for losing their power. When power was irrevocable and participants' choices had no bearing on their ability to retain power, both high and low power-motivated participants responded by making riskier decisions. Findings suggest that although power may generally lead to riskier decisions, power may lead to more conservative decisions among power-motivated individuals, especially when the status quo is perceived to be in jeopardy.
Authors:
Jon K Maner; Matthew T Gailliot; David A Butz; B Michelle Peruche
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Personality & social psychology bulletin     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0146-1672     ISO Abbreviation:  Pers Soc Psychol Bull     Publication Date:  2007 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-02     Completed Date:  2007-06-14     Revised Date:  2011-02-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7809042     Medline TA:  Pers Soc Psychol Bull     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  451-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee 32306-4301, USA. maner@psy.fsu.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Decision Making*
Female
Humans
Male
Motivation*
Power (Psychology)*
Risk-Taking*
Social Dominance*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
MH72848/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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