Departmental seminar - Joachim Krueger

Self-enhancement: Conceptualization and Measurement     Self-enhancement is a signature effect in social cognition. I offer a brief historical review of theory and research on self-enhancement, followed by a short introduction and critique of conventional discrepancy-score measures of the effect. Then, I introduce a decision-theoretic approach, which mitigates some of

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21 November 2017 - 12 h 30 min

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21 November 2017 - 14 h 00 min

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30 Avenue Antoine Depage - 1050 Brussels (Room DC8.322 - 8th floor, Building D, Campus Solbosch of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences - Université Libre de Bruxelles)   View map

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Self-enhancement:

Conceptualization and Measurement

 

 

Self-enhancement is a signature effect in social cognition. I offer a brief historical review of theory and research on self-enhancement, followed by a short introduction and critique of conventional discrepancy-score measures of the effect. Then, I introduce a decision-theoretic approach, which mitigates some of the problems of conventional measures and crucially permits a distinction between self-enhancement bias and error. I then present the results of a person-perception study to show that naïve observers (more so than scientists) distinguish between bias and error. Finally, I present evidence for the claim that self-enhancement error is a causal antecedent of motivated projection (“Don’t most people falsely claim to be better than average?”).

** Dr. Joachim Krueger is a Professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University (USA). 

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