Do we make decisions for other people based on our predictions of their preferences?: evidence from financial and medical scenarios involving risk
Batteux, Eleonore; Ferguson, Eamonn; Tunney, Richard J.
EAMONN FERGUSON email@example.com
Professor of Health Psychology
Richard J. Tunney
The ways in which the decisions we make for others differ from the ones we make for ourselves has received much attention in the literature, although less is known about their relationship to our predictions of the recipient’s preferences. The latter question is of particular importance given real-world occurrences of surrogate decision-making which require surrogates to consider the recipient’s preferences. We conducted three experiments which explore this relationship in the medical and financial domains. Although there were mean discrepancies between surrogate predictions and choices, we identified a predictive relationship between the two. Moreover, when participants took high risks for themselves, it seems that they were not willing to do so for others, even when they believed that the recipient’s preferences were similar to their own. We discuss these findings relative to current theories and real-world instances of surrogate decision-making.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Apr 16, 2019|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis (Routledge)|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Batteux, E., Ferguson, E., & Tunney, R. J. (2019). Do we make decisions for other people based on our predictions of their preferences?: evidence from financial and medical scenarios involving risk. Thinking and Reasoning, 26(2), 188-217. https://doi.org/10.1080/13546783.2019.1592779|
Do we make decisions for other people based on our predictions of their preferences evidence from financial and medical scenarios involving risk
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