The availability heuristic revisited: Experienced ease of retrieval in mundane frequency estimates

Conducted an experiment with 28 undergraduates in which misattribution approach was used to isolate the impact of the phenomenal experience to test the availability heuristic, which proposes that the phenomenal experience of ease of recall serves as a source of information in making frequency or probability judgments. As expected, Ss provided the lowest frequency estimates when they believed that an irrelevant context variable facilitated recall, and the highest estimate when they believed that a context variable inhibited recall. Thus, their judgments were mediated by the perceived diagnosticity of the phenomenal experience of ease of recall, as predicted by the availability heuristic. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)