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Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology

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158. The Association Between Brooding and Intuitive Decision Making Style on Decision Making Competency

Brooding, defined as passively dwelling on negative feelings, may limit individuals’ attention to distress thereby hindering consideration of other important information. As a result, brooding may impair decision making. Individuals’ decision making style, however, might moderate the negative association between brooding and decision making competency. Specifically, in individuals with an intuitive decision making style characterized by using implicit knowledge, the association between brooding and impaired decision making might be weakened. To test this hypothesis, 125 undergraduate students completed questionnaires assessing their brooding tendencies, an intuitive decision making style, and competency in decision making. Consistent with the hypothesis, a brooding x intuitive decision making style interaction was significant β = 0.001, t(121) = 2.54, p = .01. Follow up simple slope analyses revealed a significant association between brooding and decision making competency only in participants with low tendencies to engage in intuitive making decision, β = -0.05, p < 0.001, indicating that higher levels of brooding were associated with lower competency in decision making. In contrast, brooding was not significantly associated with decision making competency in individuals with an intuitive decision making style, suggesting that intuitive thinking might mitigate the detrimental effects of brooding on decision making.

Jovian C. Lam
University of Notre Dame

K. Lira Yoon
University of Notre Dame


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