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Determinants and Consequences of Decisional Conflict

LabSocial processes Lab
FundingSAW Postdoc Network on Cognitive Conflicts in Media Use
Project description

People often experience decisional conflicts in their everyday life. In the canteen, for example, people may experience a conflict between the goal to eat healthily (‘take the salad!’) and the goal to eat something tasty (‘take the pasta!’). The present project studies such decisional (goal) conflicts from different perspectives.

First, this project focuses on the circumstances under which people are more vs. less likely to experience decisional conflicts (determinants). And second, our research investigates the consequences of experiencing decisional conflict on affect/emotions, cognition, and behavior.
Regarding determinants of decisional conflict, this project currently examines whether having been exposed to conflict before helps people to deal with future conflicts. More specifically, the project addresses the question whether being in a ‘conflict mindset’ can help alleviate the intensity of future conflict so that people are better able to solve it.
Regarding the consequences of conflict, this project investigates the effects of conflict on memory. Specifically, it is being tested whether information that has been processed as part of a conflict is remembered better compared to information that was not part of a conflict.


Dr. Tali Kleimann (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)


Becker, D., Jostmann, N. B., & Holland, R. W. (2019). Adaptation in conflict: are conflict-triggered control adjustments protected in the presence of motivational distractors? Cognition and Emotion, 33(4), 660-672. request document

Becker, D., Jostmann, N. B., Hofmann, W., & Holland, R. W. (2019). Spoiling the pleasure of success: Emotional reactions to the experience of self-control conflict in the eating domain. Emotion, 19(8), 1377-1395. request document

Becker, D., Jostmann, N. B., & Holland, R. W. (2018). Does approach bias modification really work in the eating domain? A commentary on Kakoschke et al. Addictive Behaviors, 77, 293-294. request document