Habit and information use in travel mode choices

Henk Aarts, Bas Verplanken, Ad Van Knippenberg

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This study focuses on the role of habit in the process of information use underlying daily travel mode choices. Based on the 'policy capturing' paradigm, eighty-two students performed a multiattribute travel mode judgment task, in which they could use information about travel circumstances in order to make a number of judgments. Measures of information use were obtained by performing multiple regression analyses for each subject. It was found that habit reduced the elaborateness of information use in judgments of travel mode use. This effect was independent of effects of manipulated accountability demands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalActa Psychologica
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1997


  • Accountability
  • Decision process
  • Habit
  • Policy capturing
  • Transportation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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