Attitude and Decision Making Lab

Spontaneous Evaluations and Intuitive vs. Deliberative Processing

Our research examines the implications of intuitive versus deliberative thinking for both medical and non-medical decisions, finding that deliberative thinking is often not a surefire route to making better decisions, and can instead lead us to be more confident in bad decisions. Other research has shown that deliberative thinking may sometimes be beneficial under certain circumstances, e.g. when people are encouraged to engage in two-sided reasoning and also possess skills relevant to the problem at hand (e.g. numeracy). Currently, we are seeking to determine the role that intuitive vs. deliberative thinking, versus other skills such as numeracy and cognitive flexibility, play in generating judgment errors, unconventional beliefs (e.g. conspiracy theories), and distrust in scientific facts.

The lab also conducts research on spontaneous evaluations; that is, evaluations that come to mind instantly and without effortful thought. Much of this research has examined methodologies for assessing spontaneous evaluations, and how spontaneous evaluations change dramatically depending on the context in which specific objects are observed.

Selected Publications

Consequences of Intuitive vs. Deliberating Processing:

Priming and Spontaneous Evaluations:

Last modified: 07-Aug-2017