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Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Gabriel Cook


The goal of this paper is to analyze if emphasizing specific pieces of information during risky situations will influence adolescents’ decision making and whether the size of the reward can change the influence the of the emphasized information. Adolescents demonstrate a heightened reward-seeking behavior and reliance on verbatim-based processing, which often leads to risky decisions. This paper suggests that the emphasis of specific details do influence the decision making of adolescents and can either lead to more or less risky decisions based on the information that is emphasized. Additionally, this paper suggests that the size of the potential rewards may influence the impact that the emphasized information may have on adolescents’ decision-making.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.