The semantic side of decision making

Douglas L Medin*, Hillarie C. Schwartz, Sergey V. Blok, Lawrence A Birnbaum

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The research reported in this paper follows the perspective that decision making is a meaningful act that conveys information. Furthermore, the potential meanings associated with decision options may affect the decisions themselves. This idea is examined in the contexts of compensation, donation, and exchange. In general, judgments were relation dependent and meaning dependent. Furthermore, the results show nonmonotonicities and limited substitutability in a pattern that challenges straightforward ways of mapping decisions onto a common currency of utility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-569
Number of pages8
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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