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The experience of regret: what, when, and why.
This article reviews evidence indicating that there is a temporal pattern to the experience of regret. Actions, or errors of commission, generate more regret in the short term; but inactions, orExpand
The temporal pattern to the experience of regret.
  • T. Gilovich, V. Medvec
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1 September 1994
Through telephone surveys, written questionnaires, and face-to-face interviews, it was found that people's biggest regrets tend to involve things they have failed to do in their lives. This conflictsExpand
The Distortion of Information during Decisions
During a decision might a preexisting preference lead to the distortion of new information in favor of the preferred alternative? An experiment that furnished one alternative with a prior preferenceExpand
The spotlight effect in social judgment: an egocentric bias in estimates of the salience of one's own actions and appearance.
This research provides evidence that people overestimate the extent to which their actions and appearance are noted by others, a phenomenon dubbed the spotlight effect. In Studies 1 and 2,Expand
When less is more: counterfactual thinking and satisfaction among Olympic medalists.
Research on counterfactual thinking has shown that people's emotional responses to events are influenced by their thoughts about "what might have been." The authors extend these findings byExpand
Predecisional distortion of product information
Two consumer choice experiments reveal distortion of product information. When relatively equivocal information about two hypothetical brands is acquired one attribute at a time, the evaluation of ...
The illusion of transparency: biased assessments of others' ability to read one's emotional states.
Three sets of studies provide evidence for an illusion of transparency, or a tendency for people to overestimate the extent to which others can discern their internal states. People often mistakenlyExpand
Varieties of regret: A debate and partial resolution.
Different interpretations of an apparent temporal pattern to the experience of regret were addressed through joint research. T. Gilovich and V. H. Medvec (1995a) argued that people regret actionsExpand
When doing better means feeling worse: The effects of categorical cutoff points on counterfactual thinking and satisfaction.
Counterfactual thoughts of what might have been have been shown to influence emotional responses to outcomes. The present investigation extends this research by proposing a model of how categoricalExpand
Commission, Omission, and Dissonance Reduction: Coping with Regret in the "Monty Hall" Problem
Do people reduce dissonance more for their errors of commission than their errors of omission? More specifically, do people come to value a disappointing outcome obtained through a direct action moreExpand