Feedback and self-evaluative judgements

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Bardsley, Roy
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BA in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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An experiment investigating self-evaluative judgements and the theories and models which seek to explain their use by the individual in the decision making process. The following experiment was constructed to examine how the individual, relative to their self-evaluative judgements, process, and self-report, feedback relative to a completed task. The task in this experiment was to complete circuits of a computer driving game with their fastest lap being logged. The study consisted of two experimental groups one of which received positive feedback on their performance (n=1 0), and one which received negative feedback on their performance (n=10). Both groups then completed a driving questionnaire which asked them to self rate areas of ability, health values, driving attitude, actions and accident perceptions. Both groups also provided cardiovascular feedback for pre-task and post-task analysis. A control group (n=20), who only completed the questionnaire were used to confirm validity of results from the experimental conditions. The information from the questionnaires was then analysed parametrically for differences across conditions, providing significance for discussion purposes. This experiment was designed to examine feedback effects on a task which was not relative to self-concept, but still involved self-evaluative judgements on behalf of the individual. This allowed for feedback to be examined relative to current theory and models of self-evaluative judgement.