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The Influence of Previous Strategy Use on Individuals' Subsequent Strategy Choice: Findings from a Numerosity Judgement Task

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Viki Schillemans ,

Centre for Instructional Psychology and Technology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE
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Koen Luwel,

Centre for Instructional Psychology and Technology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE
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Isis Bulté,

Centre for Methodology of Educational Research, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE
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Patrick Onghena,

Centre for Methodology of Educational Research, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE
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Lieven Verschaffel

Centre for Instructional Psychology and Technology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE
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Abstract

We conducted two experiments to test whether individuals' strategy choices in a numerosity judgement task are affected by the strategy that was used on the previous trials. Both experiments demonstrated that a previously used strategy indeed influences individuals' strategy choices. Individuals were more inclined to reuse the strategy that they had used on the previous trials. However, this study also demonstrated that this influence is limited to those items that do not have a strong association with a specific strategy. Possible underlying mechanisms for the observed effect are discussed.
How to Cite: Schillemans, V. et al., (2010). The Influence of Previous Strategy Use on Individuals' Subsequent Strategy Choice: Findings from a Numerosity Judgement Task. Psychologica Belgica. 49(4), pp.191–205. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb-49-4-191
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Published on 01 Dec 2010.
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