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Memory reflected in our decisions: Higher working memory capacity predicts greater bias in risky choice

By Jonathan Corbin, Todd Mcelroy and Cassie Black


The current study looks at the role working memory plays in risky-choice framing. Eighty-six participants took the Automatic OSPAN, a measurement of working memory; this was followed by a risky-choice framing task. Participants with high working memory capacities demonstrated well pronounced framing effects, while those with low working memory capacities did not. This pattern suggests that, in a typical risky-choice decision task, elaborative encoding of task information by those with high working memory capacity may lead them to a more biased decision compared to those with low working memory

Topics: Asian disease problem, framing, risky choice, working memory capacity, context, fuzzy-trace theory
Year: 2013
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