Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

9-2003

Abstract

When individuals choose future activities on the basis of their past experiences, what guides those choices? The present study compared students' predicted, on-line, and remembered spring-break experiences, as well as the influence of these factors on students' desire to take a similar vacation in the future. Predicted and remembered experiences were both more positive—and, paradoxically, more negative—than on-line experiences. Of key importance, path analyses revealed that remembered experience, but neither on-line nor anticipated experience, directly predicted the desire to repeat the experience. These results suggest that although on-line measures may be superior to retrospective measures for approximating objective experience, retrospective measures may be superior for predicting choice.

Keywords

activity choices, experiences, choice prediction

Discipline

Personality and Social Contexts | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Psychological Science

Volume

14

Issue

5

First Page

520

Last Page

524

ISSN

1467-9280

Identifier

10.1111/1467-9280.03455

Publisher

SAGE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9280.03455

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