Culture and judgment and decision making: The constructivist turn

Elke U. Weber, Michael W. Morris

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Cultural influences on individual judgment and decision making are increasingly understood in terms of dynamic constructive processing and the structures in social environments that shape distinct processing styles, directing initial attentional foci, activating particular judgment schemas and decision strategies, and ultimately reinforcing some judgment and decision making (JDM) patterns over others. These structures include the society's observable patterns of normative actions and responses, its prevalent forms of interpersonal interaction, the typical size and density of social networks, the ideational frames represented publically in texts and institutions, and so forth. We review this emerging perspective on culture and JDM in both economic and social domains, noting the distinctive insights it yields. We suggest new ways that cultural research is becoming relevant to mainstream JDM researchers, while also recognizing issues in need of further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-419
Number of pages10
JournalPerspectives on Psychological Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


  • Culture
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Preference construction
  • Social construction


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