Handbook of Intuition Research
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Handbook of Intuition Research

Edited by Marta Sinclair

This groundbreaking interdisciplinary Handbook showcases the latest intuition research, providing an integrated framework that reconciles opposing views on what intuition is and how it works. The internationally renowned group of contributors explores different facets of the intuiting process and its outcome, the role of consciousness and affect in intuition, and alternate ways of capturing it. They tackle the function of intuition in expertise, strategy, entrepreneurship, and ethics and outline intuitive decision-making in the legal profession, medicine, film and wine industry, and teaching. The Handbook pushes the boundaries of our current understanding by exploring the possibility of non-local intuition based on the principles of quantum holography and investigating new techniques for developing intuitive skills.
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Chapter 5: Investigating Intuition: Beyond Self-Report

Gerard P. Hodgkinson and Eugene Sadler-Smith


Gerard P. Hodgkinson and Eugene Sadler-Smith In recent decades the analysis of intuition and related non-conscious cognitive–affective processes has emerged as a legitimate subject of social scientific inquiry with important implications for educational, personal, medical and organizational decision making (Dane & Pratt, 2007, 2009; Hogarth, 2001; Hodgkinson et al., 2008, 2009a; Klein, 1998, 2003; Sadler-Smith, 2008, 2010). However, the elusive nature of the intuition construct raises particular methodological issues, and the purpose of this chapter is to offer a critical appraisal of alternative methods of assessment. Much of the recent methodological discourse pertaining to the study of intuition has centred on the relative merits of basic self-report instruments comprising attitudinal statements that purport to capture individual differences in preferences for intuitive and/or analytical processing (e.g., Allinson & Hayes, 1996; Betsch, 2008; Betsch & Iannello, 2010; Epstein et al., 1996; Hayes et al., 2003; Hodgkinson & Sadler-Smith, 2003a, 2003b; Hodgkinson et al., 2009b). Accordingly, in this chapter we restrict our focus to a range of alternative assessment techniques, ones that in a variety of ways usefully complement such self-report instruments. Our review of the literature does not claim to offer a comprehensive survey of the full range of potentially pertinent tools. Rather, our intention is to reflect upon the current state of scientific progress with regard to what we consider to be some of the principal methodological alternatives for seeking to capture the processes and outcomes of intuition. In particular, we consider the strengths and weaknesses of selected procedures that seek to capture in...

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