Event Title

Mood-Induced Global Focus Does Not Diminish Cognitive Biases

Faculty Advisor

Samuel Day

Start Date

25-4-2017 4:00 PM

End Date

25-4-2017 5:00 PM

Description

On a variety of perceptual and cognitive tasks, positive mood has been associated with a broader, more global perspective, and negative mood with a narrower, more local focus. We examine the extent of this phenomenon by assessing mood effects in the domain of “mental accounting”, where a more global focus should help individuals overcome some typical decision-making biases. However, despite a strong mood manipulation, we found absolutely no evidence that mood influenced participants’ susceptibility to these biases.

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Mood-Induced Global Focus Does Not Diminish Cognitive Biases

On a variety of perceptual and cognitive tasks, positive mood has been associated with a broader, more global perspective, and negative mood with a narrower, more local focus. We examine the extent of this phenomenon by assessing mood effects in the domain of “mental accounting”, where a more global focus should help individuals overcome some typical decision-making biases. However, despite a strong mood manipulation, we found absolutely no evidence that mood influenced participants’ susceptibility to these biases.