Title

Causal uncertainty and correction of judgments

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2003

Abstract

We examined whether raising uncertainty about the causes of one's judgments motivates correction. Specifically, we examined whether activating chronically accessible causal uncertainty (CU) beliefs with a conditional warning about possible bias enhances correction of weather judgments for tropical weather primes and of word frequency judgments for the availability bias. In two studies we showed that activating chronic beliefs led to careful correction of target judgments. Moreover, Study 2 revealed that chronically high-CU individuals who received a conditional warning felt more uncertain than did other participants, but that this uncertainty was suppressed somewhat by adjusting for the bias. Results are discussed in light of recent models of judgment correction (e.g., Wegener & Petty, 1997), and the causal uncertainty model (Weary & Edwards, 1996). © 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.

Publication Name

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

Volume Number

39

First Page

516

Last Page

524

Issue Number

5

DOI

10.1016/S0022-1031(03)00028-3

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