Emotional experience and personality traits influence individual and joint risk-based decision making

Xin Wang1, Yu Pan2, Kecheng Zhang3, Yujia Sui4, Tingjie Lv3, Sihua Xu5, Li Gao5
1School of Ecomonics and Mangement, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, People’s Republic of China
2Laboratory of Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Shanghai International Studies University, People’s Republic of China
3School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, People’s Republic of China
4School of Ecomonics and Management, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, People’s Republic of China
5Laboratory of Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Shanghai International Studies University, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Wang, X., Pan, Y., Zhang, K., Sui, Y., Lv, T., Xu, S., & Gao, L. (2017). Emotional experience and personality traits influence individual and joint risk-based decision making. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 45(6), 881-892.

Volume 45 Issue 6 | e6541 | Published: July 2017 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.6541

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We compared individual and joint risk-based decision making using the Balloon Analogue Risk Task, with a focus on participants’ (160 Chinese men) emotional experience during decision making and their Big Five personality traits as measured by the NEO Five-Factor Inventory. We found that, compared with the individual decision-making process, making a joint decision led to reduced risk taking and increased earnings, and brought a greater sense of control, stronger feelings of achievement and happiness, and a reduced sense of regret for the participants. The Big Five personality traits of the participants were related to their risk-based decision making; participants tended to act differently according to their personality traits during individual and joint decision making. Our findings show that, compared with individual decision making, joint decision making has many advantages.

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