Omar Yanouri

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Honors Thesis


Need for Cognitive Closure (NFCC) is an individual’s tendency to dislike ambiguity and desire for any answer. Prior literature shows that, in simple judgements, this trait leads individuals to employ cursory information acquisition and superficial judgements. However, NFCC may lead one to more thoroughly analyze information when the data is challenging or the situation is understood to be important. In this study participants answered a NFCC scale and three attribute framing problems. Some were randomly given an elaboration prompt. Results show NFCC did not affect one’s susceptibility to framing. However, the elaboration prompt reduced framing effects among those high in NFCC in the negative frame. These results suggest instructions emphasizing importance may be used to help some people avoid certain cognitive illusions.

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