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Executive functions in decision making: An individual differences approach

Del Missier, F, Mäntylä, T and Bruine de Bruin, W (2010) Executive functions in decision making: An individual differences approach. Thinking and Reasoning, 16 (2). 69 - 97 . ISSN 1354-6783

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Abstract

This individual differences study examined the relationships between three executive functions (updating, shifting, and inhibition), measured as latent variables, and performance on two cognitively demanding subtests of the Adult Decision Making Competence battery: Applying Decision Rules and Consistency in Risk Perception. Structural equation modelling showed that executive functions contribute differentially to performance in these two tasks, with Applying Decision Rules being mainly related to inhibition and Consistency in Risk Perception mainly associated to shifting. The results suggest that the successful application of decision rules requires the capacity to selectively focus attention and inhibit irrelevant (or no more relevant) stimuli. They also suggest that consistency in risk perception depends on the ability to shift between judgement contexts.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Business (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2012 14:30
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:37
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13546781003630117
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/13546781003630117
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74534

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