Accuracy and artifact: reexamining the intensity bias in affective forecasting.

  title={Accuracy and artifact: reexamining the intensity bias in affective forecasting.},
  author={L. Levine and Heather C. Lench and Robin L. Kaplan and M. Safer},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
  • L. Levine, Heather C. Lench, +1 author M. Safer
  • Published 2012
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
  • Research on affective forecasting shows that people have a robust tendency to overestimate the intensity of future emotion. We hypothesized that (a) people can accurately predict the intensity of their feelings about events and (b) a procedural artifact contributes to people's tendency to overestimate the intensity of their feelings in general. People may misinterpret the forecasting question as asking how they will feel about a focal event, but they are later asked to report their feelings in… CONTINUE READING
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