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Title: How and why precise anchors distinctly affect anchor recipients and senders
Author(s): Loschelder, David D.
Friese, Malte
Trötschel, Roman
Language: English
Title: Journal of experimental social psychology
Volume: 70
Startpage: 164
Endpage: 176
Publisher/Platform: Elsevier
Year of Publication: 2017
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: A negotiation commonly starts with one party sending and the counterpart receiving a first offer. This first offer anchors recipients and yields higher profits to the sender. Recent research has shown that precise anchors (e.g., $28.75) – those featuring fewer trailing zeros – are more potent than round anchors ($30.00). The present studies extend this literature in two ways: First, prior research has exclusively focused on anchor recipients while ignoring the sender. Here, we examine precision effects for (1) recipients, (2) senders, and (3) both recipients and senders in a dyadic negotiation. Three experiments establish distinct and opposing effects: Whereas increasing precision elevates a first offer's anchoring potency for recipients, it lowers the first-offer extremity that senders opt for. Second, prior research has disagreed upon the theoretical mechanisms behind the precision effect: The scale-granularity account posits that decision-makers adjust in smaller steps on a finer-grained mental scale. The attribution-of-competence account posits that people ascribe more competence to a precise-opening individual. We examine these competing theoretical accounts simultaneously. Multiple mediation analyses across all three experiments suggested consistently that the beneficial impact of precise anchors on recipients is due to a social attribution-of-competence, whereas the detrimental impact on anchor-senders is due to a cognitive scale-granularity process. In all, the present findings show (a) that senders and recipients are distinctly affected by anchor precision, and (b) that these opposing effects are due to distinct psychological processes.
DOI of the first publication: 10.1016/j.jesp.2016.11.001
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Link to this record: hdl:20.500.11880/27829
ISSN: 0022-1031
Date of registration: 17-Sep-2019
Faculty: HW - Fakultät für Empirische Humanwissenschaften und Wirtschaftswissenschaft
Department: HW - Psychologie
Professorship: HW - Prof. Dr. Malte Friese
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