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The Role of Context-Driven Response Bias on the Standard Anchoring Effect Open Access


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judgmental anchoring
heuristics and biases
real-world estimation
response bias
selective accessibility
context effects
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University of Alberta
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Tam, Cory
Supervisor and department
Brown, Norman (Psychology)
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Moore, Sarah (Faculty of Business)
Dixon, Peter (Psychology)
Singhal, Anthony (Psychology)
Department of Psychology

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Master of Science
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Anchoring is judgmental bias in which quantitative estimates assimilate to seemingly irrelevant numerical reference values (Tversky & Kahneman, 1974). While Tversky and Kahneman (1974) originally proposed that anchoring results from the application of a deliberate anchoring-and-adjustment heuristic, other researchers have stressed the role of automatic processes with the introduction of priming-based accounts (Mussweiler & Strack, 1999). In this paper, we present a new perspective on anchoring called consistency theory. On this view, people first determine whether the true target value is above or below the anchor value, and then they provide an estimate that is consistent with the “Greater” or “Less” judgment. Differing from the selective accessibility account, consistency theory assumes that people can be affected by factors such as the response format of the initial comparative judgment. As predicted, we obtained context effects—participants’ judgments of target items were influenced by their judgments of filler items. That is, participants responded “Greater” more often for the target items when they had made fewer “Greater” judgments for the fillers items, and vice versa. Overall, these findings suggest that people can interact with numerical information in a number of different ways, which challenges the view that anchoring is driven by automatic, activation-based processes.
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