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The effect of choice on intention-behavior consistency.
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PMID:  10731837     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Three studies were conducted with the aim of investigating whether choice of behavioral alternative increases intention-behavior consistency. In Study 1 undergraduates were asked to write and mail back an essay on a topic they either chose or were assigned. Demonstrating an effect of choice, significantly more subjects who chose an essay topic mailed back the essays. These subjects also rated their intention to write the essay as stronger, thus suggesting that the difference between choice and no choice is that the intention is self-generated. Supporting this interpretation, no differences in mail-back rates were observed in Studies 2 and 3 between a difficult and easy choice condition. Furthermore, an alternative hypothesis that choice induces implementation intentions did not receive support since independent effects were in Study 2 found of deciding when and where to write the essay and in Study 3 of making an outline of the essay.
R Gillholm; J Erdeus; T Gärling
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of psychology     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0036-5564     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Psychol     Publication Date:  2000 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-04-13     Completed Date:  2000-04-13     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404510     Medline TA:  Scand J Psychol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Göteborg University, Sweden.
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Choice Behavior*

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