Constructing preferences in the physical world: a distributed cognition perspective on preferences and risky choices

Villejoubert, Gaelle and Vallee-Tourangeau, Frederic (2011) Constructing preferences in the physical world: a distributed cognition perspective on preferences and risky choices. Frontiers in Psychology, 2(302), ISSN (online) 1664-1078

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Abstract

Psychological research has firmly established that risk preferences are transient states shaped by past experiences, current knowledge, and feelings as well as the characteristics of the decision environment. We begin this article with a brief review of evidence supporting this conception as well as different psychological theories explaining how preferences are constructed. Next, we introduce the distributed perspective on human cognition and show how it may offer a promising framework for unifying seemingly incompatible accounts. We conclude by suggesting new directions for better capturing the essence of preference construction in laboratory research.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Science (until November 2012)
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Depositing User: Gaelle Vallee-Tourangeau
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2011 17:14
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 21:54
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/21562

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