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The Impact of Trait Anxiety on Self-frame and Decision Making


  • This study was supported by the National Basic Research Priorities Program of China (grant no. 2009FY110110).


The present study investigated how trait anxiety influenced the formation of a self-frame and decision making. Participants (N = 1044) responded to the Trait Anxiety Inventory. Those with trait anxiety scores ±1 Z score from the sample mean (N = 328) were recalled to respond to the self-frame questionnaire. The results suggested that trait anxiety differences could result in differences in the editing of decision-making information, thereby influencing the risky choice. Compared with the low trait anxiety group, participants from the high trait anxiety group showed a greater tendency to use negative vocabulary to construct their self-frame and tended to choose conservative plans. Self-frame suppressed the influence of trait anxiety on decision making. These results further confirmed the hypothesis that individual differences in personality traits might influence the processing of information in a framed decision task. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.