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ERIC Number: EJ178777
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1978
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The Effect of Imagining an Event on Expectations for the Event: An Interpretation in Terms of the Availability Heuristic
Carroll, John S.
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 14, 1, 88-96, Jan 78
Previous studies have indicated that explaining a hypothetical event makes the event seem more likely through the creation of causal connections. However, such effects could arise through the use of the availability heuristic; that is, subjective likelihood is increased by an event becoming easier to "imagine". Two experiments were designed to demonstrate this principle. (Editor)
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