What is the most effective way to make a decision? To examine the impact of strategy at varying levels of experience, 270 undergraduates solved problems in college life. Participants at three Levels of Experience (First Years, Sophomores, and Residential Life Staff) were assigned to one of four Strategy Conditions (Analysis, Holistic Intuition, Time Limit and Control). Results showed a marginal main effect of Level of Experience, a main effect of Strategy Condition, and an interaction of the two. Time Limit was detrimental for all conditions, except for Staff. First Years performed better with Intuition than Analysis, and Staff scored nonsignificantly better with Analysis than Intuition. The time limit was most detrimental to Sophomores. Staff performed equally well across Strategy Conditions.
Flores '07, Sarah, "Practical Problems and Decision Making: The Effect of Strategy and Experience" (2007). Honors Projects. Paper 10.