Are difficult choices better made after a momentary diversion of thought than after deliberation? Studies examining the existence of such an unconscious thought advantage (UTA) have yielded mixed results. Here, we report a meta-analysis and a large-scale replication study (N = 423) that met the conditions deemed optimal for replicating the UTA. The large-scale replication study yielded no evidence for the UTA, and the meta-analysis showed that reports of this effect are confined to unreliable experiments employing small sample sizes. Accordingly, we conclude that there exists no reliable support for the existence of an UTA in making a difficult choice.
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||35th Annual Conference of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making - Long Beach, California, United States|
Duration: 1-Jan-2014 → …
|Conference||35th Annual Conference of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making|
|City||Long Beach, California|
|Period||01/01/2014 → …|