Document Detail

Power, risk, and the status quo: does power promote riskier or more conservative decision making?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17400833     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
Jon K Maner; Matthew T Gailliot; David A Butz; B Michelle Peruche
Related Documents :
16209133 - A conceptual framework for the design of environmental post-market monitoring of geneti...
10782873 - Expert decision making in relation to unanticipated blood glucose levels.
18407013 - Clinical skills and self-efficacy after a curriculum on care for the underserved.
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    
Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee 32306-4301, USA.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Decision Making*
Power (Psychology)*
Social Dominance*
Grant Support

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  The effect of multiple doses of peginterferon alfa-2b on the steady-state pharmacokinetics of methad...
Next Document:  Labor, delivery, and early parenthood: an attachment theory perspective.