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Relatively certain! Comparative thinking reduces uncertainty.
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PMID:  22099544     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Comparison is one of the most ubiquitous and versatile mechanisms in human information processing. Previous research demonstrates that one consequence of comparative thinking is increased judgmental efficiency: Comparison allows for quicker judgments without a loss in accuracy. We hypothesised that a second potential consequence of comparative thinking is reduced judgmental uncertainty. We examined this possibility in three experiments using three different domains of judgment and three different measures of uncertainty. Results consistently demonstrate that procedurally priming participants to rely more heavily on comparative thinking during judgment induces them to feel more certain about their judgment.
Thomas Mussweiler; Ann-Christin Posten
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-11-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cognition     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-7838     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
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Created Date:  2011-11-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0367541     Medline TA:  Cognition     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Psychology, University of Cologne, Richard-Strauss-Str. 2, D-50931 Cologne, Germany.
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