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Thinking fast, thinking badly

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  • Natalia Jimenez

    (Universidad de Granada (Spain))

  • Ismael Rodriguez-Lara

    (Middlesex University London (United Kingdom))

  • Jean-Robert Tyran

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen and University of Vienna (Austria))

  • Erik Wengström

    (University of Lund (Sweden))

Abstract

We test for the construct validity of the cognitive reflection test (CRT) by eliciting response times. We find that incorrect answers to the CRT are quicker than correct answers. At the individual level, we classify subjects into impulsive and reflective, depending on whether they choose the incorrect intuitive answer or the correct answer the majority of the time. We show that impulsive subjects complete the test quicker than reflective subjects.

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  • Natalia Jimenez & Ismael Rodriguez-Lara & Jean-Robert Tyran & Erik Wengström, 2017. "Thinking fast, thinking badly," Discussion Papers 17-24, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:1724
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    Keywords

    cognitive ability; cognitive reflection; response time; intuitive behavior; reflective behavior;

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    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior

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