Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2007

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Stephanie Madon

Abstract

The confirmation of expectancies may result in either a self-fulfilling prophecy or perceptual bias, altering social reality. The current research posits that expectancy confirmation processes may become more powerful through accumulation of expectancy effects across perceivers. It also investigates the implicit question that these effects may be highly pervasive and have the potential to accumulate across perceivers who share similar false expectancies, but do not have contact with one another. There were two perceivers and one target in each group of participants for a total of 114 groups. Perceivers were induced with either a hostile or non-hostile expectancy and then interacted with targets in a discussion task. Results failed to support either a self-fulfilling prophecy or perceptual bias. Failure to find effects may have been due to social norms that conflicted with the hostile expectancy, but other paradigms may be more conducive for finding the accumulation of expectancy confirmation processes.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16242

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Ashley Arden Buller

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1447475

OCLC Number

223402148

ISBN

9780549333661

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

71 pages

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