Date of Award
Master of Science
This experiment examined whether acceptance of feedback is affected by evaluator reputation, defined as the feedback recipient's perception of the source as a generally easy versus hard evaluator. It was hypothesized that when feedback valence was inconsistent with the evaluator's reputation concerning feedback, feedback would have a greater effect on the recipient's self-perceptions, and secondarily, that feedback acceptance would depend on self-esteem level. Participants received false feedback on their levels of social awareness after completing a task and being told that the experimenter was either a hard or easy evaluator. Participants then provided post-feedback ratings of self-perceived social awareness. Results did not support the hypotheses, but instead suggested that feedback from an easy evaluator had a greater effect on participant self-perceptions than feedback from a hard evaluator. These findings add to our understanding of self-concept change, and may have implications in the fields of organizational psychology, academics, and sports psychology.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Spencer, Lauren Andrea, "The Effect of Evaluator Reputation on Feedback Acceptance" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1003.