In many areas of life we have a choice between multiple options: if we are hungry and we want to go out to eat, we have a number of places to choose from (McDonalds, etc). However, we also still have the 'Zero Choice' (my terminology) of not eating out at all and getting food some other way.
In my personal life, I've noticed (perhaps falsly) that a fair number of people, once they've made a general choice (in the example: eating out), they disregard the 'Zero Choice' (not eating out) and become fixated on the sub-choices (where to eat out).
Is there a noticable difference in mental activity between people who don't consider the 'Zero Choice' and people who do?
In my life I've noticed that people rarely see the 'nothing' choice. Rather than choosing
that, there is also the choice of
both. People I've interacted with often weigh their
thatoptions fairly well, but many completely miss the
More specifically, I've seen this in a couple girlfriends I've had and a couple guy friends also. When trying to decide what to do, they'll settle on a type of activity (active/passive -> general category -> couple options) and then choose between a couple options. However, rarely in these options do they include the idea of something completely different. Meanwhile, this is something I do without thinking; other options are always present to me, and I have no difficulty in seeing, weighing, or choosing the
These are poor examples and for that I apologize; but is this a recognized phenomenon? What neural differences are there between people who process the
nothingoption and people who don't?
Has this even been researched at all? Cursory Googling (the most available to me right now) has revealed nothing; I could be searching for the wrong thing though...