Accession Number : AD0666975

Title :   THE RISKY SHIFT IN GROUP BETTING.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : STATE UNIV OF NEW YORK BUFFALO DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Pruitt,Dean G. ; Teger,Allan I.

Report Date : 15 MAR 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : Two experiments were performed, involving a similar method. Experiment 1 showed for the first time that group discussion can produce a shift toward greater risk in choices among bets. A risky shift was found in two dimensions of risk taking: probability preferences and stake preferences. This finding made it possible to use bets in the second experiment. In Experiment 11, no risky shift was found in a group decision where the members of the group had engaged in past discussions about other issues but were not permitted to discuss or exchange information about the current issue. This result casts doubt on the diffusion of responsibility theory about the risky shift. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GROUP DYNAMICS, DECISION MAKING), BEHAVIOR, PROBABILITY, MOTIVATION, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, PERSONALITY, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE