Prisoners of Their Own Resources: Depletion in Parole Decision By Expert Judges

Shai Danziger, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Jonathan Levav, Columbia University, USA
Liora Avnaim, Ben Gurion University, Israel
An examination of parole rulings of highly experienced judges indicates that the preference for the status quo, denying parole, increases throughout each session. The findings suggest that experts are not immune to the mental depletion that results from making successive choices. However, a relatively simple intervention can restore mental resources.
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Shai Danziger, Jonathan Levav, and Liora Avnaim (2011) ,"Prisoners of Their Own Resources: Depletion in Parole Decision By Expert Judges", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 38, eds. Darren W. Dahl, Gita V. Johar, and Stijn M.J. van Osselaer, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research.