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Two to tango Julia Alexandra Minson

Two to tango

Julia Alexandra Minson

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ISBN : 9781109446593
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71 pages
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Four studies replicated and extended the finding that dyad members fail to give due weight to, and thus fail to reap the full benefit of, each others input in a multi-round estimation task developed by Liberman, Minson, Bryan and Ross (2009). ThisMoreFour studies replicated and extended the finding that dyad members fail to give due weight to, and thus fail to reap the full benefit of, each others input in a multi-round estimation task developed by Liberman, Minson, Bryan and Ross (2009). This failure was most pronounced when initial disagreement, and thus the potential benefits of averaging, were greatest. Study 1 provided direct evidence that the more two partners disagreed, the more they attributed the disagreement to error and bias in their partners assessments. Studies 2 and 3 showed that neither a prior cooperation task nor ongoing accuracy feedback increased the weight dyad members gave to each others initial estimates. Both of the latter studies showed greater levels of initial disagreement to be associated with greater improvement in accuracy and smaller mean errors in subsequent estimates. The moderating role of initial bracketing on the relationship between disagreement and accuracy was explored. Study 4 showed that exchanging questions during the estimation task led participants to give more weight to their partners judgments on items dealing with social consensus issues than exchanging comments. Participants who exchanged questions were also able to show greater improvement on subsequent rounds relative to the level of accuracy available through simple averaging than participants who exchanged comments. Practical and theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.