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Eidelman, Scott, Christian S. Crandall, and Jennifer Pattershall (2009), "The Existence Bias", Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 765-775.



  • Participants read a description of a proposed change to degree requirements at their university that, if approved, would go into effect after they were on pace to graduate, with the existing requirements 38 credit hours within their major in order to graduate and the proposal to change the existing requirement to 32 credit hours. Participants were told that 32 credit hours would lead to more breadth and that 38 credit hours would lead to greater expertise.