Making sense of the past: informational order and hindsight judgments Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Miceli, Paul M.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Past research as explored the effects of receiving details leading up to an event in a logical, coherent fashion versus a random, fragmented fashion, but no research has considered these effects for judgments of the past, such as the hindsight bias. Also, no past research has looked at the hindsight bias when receiving outcome knowledge before, as opposed to after, learning details leading up to an event. In this thesis, I examined the hypothesis that the order in which people receive details leading up to an event and the order in which people receive outcome knowledge will affect people's judgments of that past event. A significant interaction between Narrative Order and Outcome Order was found for hindsight judgments. The implications of this finding are discussed.
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