Journal article

Choosing increases the value of non-instrumental information

Matthew Jiwa, Patrick S Cooper, Trevor T-J Chong, Stefan Bode

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS | NATURE RESEARCH | Published : 2021

Abstract

Curiosity pervades all aspects of human behaviour and decision-making. Recent research indicates that the value of information is determined by its propensity to reduce uncertainty, and the hedonic value of the outcomes it predicts. Previous findings also indicate a preference for options that are freely chosen, compared to equivalently valued alternatives that are externally assigned. Here, we asked whether the value of information also varies as a function of self- or externally-imposed choices. Participants rated their preference for information that followed either a self-chosen decision, or an externally imposed condition. Our results showed that choosing a lottery significantly increas..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

T.C. and S.B. were supported by the Australian Research Council (DP 180102383 to T.C. and S.B., DE 180100389 to T.C.).