Who are maximizers? Future oriented and highly numerate individuals

Raffaella Misuraca, Ursina Teuscher, Raffaella Misuraca, Floriana Antonella Carmeci

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Two studies investigated cognitive mechanisms that may be associated with people's tendency to maximize. Maximizers are individuals who are spending a great amount of effort in order to find the very best option in a decision situation, rather than stopping the decision process when they encounter a satisfying option. These studies show that maximizers are more future oriented than other people, which may motivate them to invest the extra energy into optimal choices. Maximizers also have higher numerical skills, possibly facilitating the cognitive processes involved with decision trade-offs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-311
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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