Personality and Individual Differences
Decision-making styles, Decision-making, Individual differences, Affective reactions to decisions
Undergraduate students were surveyed at the beginning stages of a potentially life-framing decision: choosing a college major. We investigated the relationships among individual difference variables (decision-making styles, planning proclivities, and epistemological orientations), cognitive measures of performance (e.g., amount of information gathered and considered); and affective reactions to, and descriptive ratings of, the decision-making process. There were few significant relationships between individual differences and performance measures. However, there were significant relationships found between individual differences measures and affective reactions to, or descriptive ratings of, the decision-making process. We suggest that stylistic measures have their effects in the way individuals frame the decision-making process rather than in the way they go about gathering or structuring information.
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Galotti, K. M., Ciner, E., Altenbaumer, H. E., Geerts, H. J., Rupp, A., & Woulfe, J. (2006). Decision-making Styles in a Real-Life Decision: Choosing a College Major. Personality and Individual Differences, 41 (4): 629-639.Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2006.03.003. Accessed via Faculty Work. Cognitive Science. Carleton Digital Commons. https://digitalcommons.carleton.edu/cgsc_faculty/1
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