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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2021, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (3): 549-559.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2021.00549

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Individuals vs groups: Advice-taking in decision making

REN Xiaoyun1, DUAN Jinyun2, FENG Chengzhi1   

  1. 1School of Education, Soochow University, Suzhou 21512, China;
    2School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Received:2020-06-30 Online:2021-03-15 Published:2021-01-27

Abstract: External advice is often considered as an effective approach to improve the quality of decision outcomes. However, there is a significant difference in advice-taking performance between individuals and groups. According to the existing research, the main factors causing the above issue include: the presence or absence of initial opinion, the confidence for the initial decision, the subjective evaluation towards advice, and the objective feedback of advice. Furthermore, based on group dynamics theory, the dynamic system comprises cohesive, driving, and dissipative forces. Thus, future studies may explain and predict group advice-taking by investigating the change and transformation among these dynamic factors, with implications for the arrangement and placement of decision-maker in various situations.

Key words: decision making, individual advice taking, group advice-taking, group dynamics theory

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