Aug 2, 2017

In Press: The Role of Inference in Attribute Framing Effects

Lim Leong, a Ph.D. student at UC San Diego, Craig R.M. McKenzie, Shlomi Sher and I have a new ARTICLE IN PRESS at the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. Here's the short abstract:

Previous research has shown that a speaker’s choice between logically equivalent frames is influenced by reference point information, and that listeners draw accurate inferences based on the frame. Less clear, however, is whether these inferences play a causal role in generating attribute framing effects. We report two new experiments which suggest that frame-dependent inferences are sufficient to generate attribute framing effects, and that blocking such inferences may block framing effects. Our findings underscore the role of inferences in the generation and attenuation of attribute framing effects.