In Praise Of Vagueness Article Analysis

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Richard Molander In the article, “In Praise of Vagueness,” researchers investigated the effect of vague information versus precise information on performance in the domains of mental acuity, physical performance, and weight loss. Though past research has found that people prefer precise information to vague when making decisions because it gives them a sense of security, it has also found that vague information causes people to have higher expectations about outcomes: when people have less precise information about what they’re doing, they assume the best case scenario rather than the worst. Researchers expected that this tendency to assume the best would allow people not only to interpret reality more positively, but to actually perform objectively better on tasks than they would if they had precise information. They hypothesized that better performance with vague information would be mediated by both the capability to interpret vague information in a positive way and the motivation to do so. They performed three experiments to test this hypothesis. In the first, people were told o...

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