Culture and Judgment and Decision Making: The Constructivist Turn

Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5(4), 410–419, 2010

11 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2013  

Elke U. Weber

Columbia Business School - Management & Psychology

Michael Morris

Columbia Business School - Management

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Cultural influences on individual judgment and decision making are increasingly understood in terms of dynamic constructive processing and the structures in social environments that shape distinct processing styles, directing initial attentional foci, activating particular judgment schemas and decision strategies, and ultimately reinforcing some judgment and decision making (JDM) patterns over others. These structures include the society’s observable patterns of normative actions and responses, its prevalent forms of interpersonal interaction, the typical size and density of social networks, the ideational frames represented publically in texts and institutions, and so forth. We review this emerging perspective on culture and JDM in both economic and social domains, noting the distinctive insights it yields. We suggest new ways that cultural research is becoming relevant to mainstream JDM researchers, while also recognizing issues in need of further research.

Keywords: judgment and decision making, culture, preference construction, social construction

Suggested Citation

Weber, Elke U. and Morris, Michael, Culture and Judgment and Decision Making: The Constructivist Turn (2010). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5(4), 410–419, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2294647

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Michael W. Morris

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