Decision making strategies and preferences for intuition and deliberation

Abstract

This study examined the strategies used to make decisions and the relationship of these strategies to preferences for using deliberation and intuition in decision making. Participants (N = 84) made two decisions and completed the Preference for Intuition and Deliberation Scale (PID). The decisions’ alternatives were created so that one of the four was consistent with the use of each of 1) a weighted additive strategy (WADD), 2) Dawes’ rule, 3) the take-the-best heuristic (TTB), and 4) a minimalist strategy. Overall, 48% of the decisions were consistent with WADD, 21% were consistent with Dawes’ rule, 29% were consistent with TTB, and 2% were consistent with a minimalist strategy. Furthermore, 38% of the participants used the same strategy on both decisions, which is greater than chance (25%), but neither the strategy used nor the consistency of strategy use was related to PID scores.


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