Do people who see our social blunders judge us as harshly as we judge ourselves? Present Monday Nov 21
Gilovich and friends proposed and showed that people (college-aged adults) think others are evaluating them more harshly than reality suggests. Youíll ask people to picture themselves in an embarrassing situation (or to watch someone in an embarrassing situation) and to make judgments of the actor. All this will be done by survey. Weíll test whether Gilovichís work replicates with Hope students
Doaf! I just tripped the security alarm. I'm such a failure. Do others judge us as harshly as we think they do?
Savitsky, K., Epley, N., & Gilovich, T. (2001). Do others judge us as harshly as we think? Overestimating the impact of our failures, shortcomings and mishaps. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 44-56.
The authors basically show yes, we tend to overestimate the harshness of other people. Your task is to determine whether this finding replicates with Hope students. Find and read the above article to provide you background information. The paper describes four experiments. Itís showing that oneís perspective causes a bias. Viewing a mishap from our own perspective leads us to overexaggerate othersí opinions of us.
Your task is to test this hypothesis using a simple procedure that would take less than 10 minutes. I've attached the article for you to read. You may use their materials verbatim or create your own (be creative).† You will have 3 conditions (actor, observer, others) where they evaluate a social blunder by the actor. †Iíve also attached sample materials from earlier classes. The F01-111 materials describe a situation in Phelps. The F01-121 materials describe a library example. †Itís best to pick one blunder and carefully word/manipulate the perspective of the evaluator. Carefully word the questions too. †You should give only 1 form to one person (explain why this is a desirable method in terms of validity, in your final lab worksheet). Half your participants should be women, so 8 men/8women in each of the 3 conditions is 48 participants.
Things to do/Tasks:
Discuss the way you'll present the info, what you'll say, what you'll do, debriefing, ethics. This complete information is given to Inman on the Pre-Lab Worksheet