Title

When two wrongs can make a right: Regulatory nonfit, bias, and correction of judgments

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2006

Abstract

We propose that when people consider whether their judgments are accurate enough, feelings of wrongness from regulatory nonfit (inconsistency between regulatory state and strategic means) can suggest that the answer is no and enhance correction of judgments relative to feelings of rightness from regulatory fit. Results from two experiments supported that hypothesis. When we activated an accuracy motive, participants who experienced regulatory nonfit provided judgments more consistent with correction for bias when they experienced regulatory nonfit than when they experienced regulatory fit (Experiment 1). Drawing participants' attention to an earlier event as a source of rightness feelings eliminated the effect of regulatory fit on apparent correction of judgments (Experiment 2), suggesting attribution of regulatory fit/nonfit feelings to the accuracy of those judgments. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Name

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

Volume Number

42

First Page

654

Last Page

661

Issue Number

5

DOI

10.1016/j.jesp.2005.09.004

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