Framing experts' (dis)agreements about uncertain environmental events

Erik Løhre , Agata Sobków , Sigrid Møyner Hohle , Karl Halvor Teigen


Agreements and disagreements between expert statements influence lay people's beliefs. But few studies have examined what is perceived as a disagreement. We report six experiments where people rated agreement between pairs of probabilistic statements about environmental events, attributed to two different experts or to the same expert at two different points in time. The statements differed in frame, by focusing on complementary outcomes (45% probability that smog will have negative health effects vs. 55% probability that it will not have such effects), in probability level (45% vs. 55% probability of negative effects), or in both respects. Opposite frames strengthened disagreement when combined with different probability levels. Approximate probabilities can be “framed” in yet another way by indicating reference values they are “over” or “under”. Statements that use different directional verbal terms (over vs. under 50%) indicated greater disagreement than statements with the same directional term but different probability levels (over 50% vs. over 70%). Framing and directional terms similarly affected consistency judgments when both statements were issued by the same expert at different occasions. The effect of framing on perceived agreement was significant for medium (10 and 20 percentage points) differences between probabilities, whereas the effect of directional term was stable for numerical differences up to 40 percentage points. To emphasize agreement between different estimates, they should be framed in the same way. To accentuate disagreements or changes of opinion, opposite framings should be used.
Author Erik Løhre
Erik Løhre,,
, Agata Sobków (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Agata Sobków,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
, Sigrid Møyner Hohle
Sigrid Møyner Hohle,,
, Karl Halvor Teigen
Karl Halvor Teigen,,
Journal seriesJournal of Behavioral Decision Making, ISSN 0894-3257, e-ISSN 1099-0771, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.7
Keywords in Englishdirectional verbal terms, disagreement, experts, framing, probability estimates
ASJC Classification1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); 1408 Strategy and Management; 1800 General Decision Sciences; 3202 Applied Psychology; 3312 Sociology and Political Science
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)100
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.997; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.788 (2) - 2017=2.962 (5)
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