International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Relations between Time, Confidence and Accuracy: Using a Judgment Questionnaire
Soon-Li Lee, Cai-Lian Tam, Teck-Heang Lee, Wai-Mun Har

This study aims to explore the interaction between confidence of judgment, accuracy and time. 86 university students participated in the study. 43 participants were assigned to the fast condition. They were required to answer a question within six seconds and another six seconds were provided to rate their level of confidence for their response. The remaining participants were assigned to the slow condition and repeated the same procedures with nine seconds. Present study revealed that the participants’ confidence rate was not equal to the actual probability of being correct. Furthermore, there was no relationship between accuracy and time for deliberation. The results failed to support the hypothesis that when more time is provided, both participants’ responses accuracy and confidence rate will increase. Finally, the prediction that accuracy should increase with higher ratings of confidence was supported. It was concluded that time has very little effect on calibration of judgment processes.

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