The Psychology of Doing Nothing: Forms of Decision Avoidance Result from Reason and Emotion

@inproceedings{Anderson2003ThePO,
  title={The Psychology of Doing Nothing: Forms of Decision Avoidance Result from Reason and Emotion},
  author={C. J. Anderson},
  booktitle={Psychological bulletin},
  year={2003}
}
  • C. J. Anderson
  • Published in Psychological bulletin 2003
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Several independent lines of research bear on the question of why individuals avoid decisions by postponing them, failing to act, or accepting the status quo. This review relates findings across several different disciplines and uncovers 4 decision avoidance effects that offer insight into this common but troubling behavior: choice deferral, status quo bias, omission bias, and inaction inertia. These findings are related by common antecedents and consequences in a rational-emotional model of… CONTINUE READING

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