Quotation Kokkoris, Michail, Baumeister, Roy, Kühnen, Ulrich. 2019. Freeing or Freezing Decisions? Belief in Free Will and Indecisiveness. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. 154 49-61.


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Does belief in free will free or freeze decision-making? The existentialist hypothesis, rooted in views of free will as a source of anguish and hesitation, would predict that free will impedes decisions by increasing indecisiveness. In contrast, the evolutionary hypothesis, rooted in views of free will as a driver of effective social functioning, would predict that free will facilitates decisions by reducing indecisiveness. Results of five studies using various measures of indecisiveness (trait) and indecision (state), various operationalizations of free will beliefs (measured and manipulated), and various decision tasks provide support to the evolutionary hypothesis. Belief in free will is consistently associated with lower indecisiveness. However, one boundary condition of this effect is that it is limited to individuals with high self-concept clarity. These findings contribute to the literature on indecisiveness and advance our knowledge about the benefits of belief in free will for decision-making.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A, STRAT-A, WH-A
Language English
Title Freeing or Freezing Decisions? Belief in Free Will and Indecisiveness
Volume 154
Year 2019
Page from 49
Page to 61
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2019.08.002
Open Access N

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Kokkoris, Michail (Details)
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Baumeister, Roy (University of Queensland, Australia)
Kühnen, Ulrich (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany)
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Marketing and Consumer Research IN (Details)
Competence Center for Experimental Research WE (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5320 Marketing (Details)
5504 Experimental psychology (Details)
5511 Social psychology (Details)
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