Accessibility navigation

Less-is-more effects without the recognition heuristic

Beaman, C. P., Smith, P. T., Frosch, C. A. and McCloy, R. A. ORCID: (2010) Less-is-more effects without the recognition heuristic. Judgment and Decision-Making, 5 (4). pp. 258-271. ISSN 1930-2975

Text - Accepted Version
· Please see our End User Agreement before downloading.


It is advisable to refer to the publisher's version if you intend to cite from this work. See Guidance on citing.


Inferences consistent with “recognition-based” decision-making may be drawn for various reasons other than recognition alone. We demonstrate that, for 2-alternative forced-choice decision tasks, less-is-more effects (reduced performance with additional learning) are not restricted to recognition-based inference but can also be seen in circumstances where inference is knowledge-based but item knowledge is limited. One reason why such effects may not be observed more widely is the dependence of the effect on specific values for the validity of recognition and knowledge cues. We show that both recognition and knowledge validity may vary as a function of the number of items recognized. The implications of these findings for the special nature of recognition information, and for the investigation of recognition-based inference, are discussed

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Neuroscience
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Language and Cognition
ID Code:5759
Uncontrolled Keywords:Less is more effect; fast and frugal judgment
Publisher:Society for Judgment and Decision Making


Downloads per month over past year

University Staff: Request a correction | Centaur Editors: Update this record

Page navigation