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“I’ve Just Been Pretending I Can See This Stuff!”: Group Member Voice in Decision Making with a Hidden Profile

Nicholson, Dawn H., Hopthrow, Tim, Randsley de Moura, Georgina, Travaglino, Giovanni A. (2021) “I’ve Just Been Pretending I Can See This Stuff!”: Group Member Voice in Decision Making with a Hidden Profile. British Journal of Social Psychology, . ISSN 0144-6665. E-ISSN 2044-8309. (doi:10.1111/bjso.12444) (KAR id:85381)

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Abstract

This research seeks to expand our knowledge of what underlies group performance in Hidden Profile decision tasks, adopting a mixed methods approach. We created a new mental simulation intervention designed to improve group decision outcomes and information exchange and tested it across two studies. We supplemented our quantitative statistical analysis with Thematic Analysis, to explore and better understand the motivations and utterances of individual group members, which we contend are key to increasing understanding of the challenges operating at individual and group levels in Hidden Profile decision tasks. Much group decision-making research uses quantitative methodologies, searching for causal explanations of why things happen as they do in group processes. As a subset of this area, existent Hidden Profile research is centred in the quantitative domain. Yet qualitative research can improve the understanding of group phenomena, such as communication style, which is important in groups’ decision-making. To our knowledge, no Hidden Profile research has taken a similar approach, so this paper makes a unique contribution. Results indicated the mental simulation had a positive effect on information exchange and decision quality in a Hidden Profile hiring task.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/bjso.12444
Uncontrolled keywords: Hidden Profiles, mental simulation, group decision-making, mixed methods research
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Dawn Nicholson
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 12:56 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 11:03 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/85381 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Nicholson, Dawn H.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7307-4727
Hopthrow, Tim: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2331-7150
Randsley de Moura, Georgina: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6285-6128
Travaglino, Giovanni A.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4091-0634
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