The Effects of Accountability on Leniency Reduction in Self Ratings

The Effects of Accountability on Leniency Reduction in Self Ratings

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The purpose of the present study was to assess the effects of accountability on leniency reduction in self-ratings. It was hypothesized that participants in both the upward and illegitimate accountability condition would have lower levels of leniency in their self-ratings than participants in the no accountability condition. Accountability was operationalized as participants being told that they would have to justify their self-ratings of driving performance to either a professor who specializes in driving research (upward accountability) or to an education graduate student who maintains the driving simulator (illegitimate accountability) via an audiotape. The results showed that accountability had a significant effect on leniency reduction in self-ratings of driving performance. The implications of these results, limitations, and ideas for future research are discussed.They conducted four experiments to determine whether accountability could help curb self-enhancement bias in onea#39;s self-evaluations. Participants were required to complete an essay about whether the United States should study the planetanbsp;...


Title:The Effects of Accountability on Leniency Reduction in Self Ratings
Author:Brettney DaSean Smith
Publisher:ProQuest - 2009
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