ERIC Number: ED199600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Determinants of Self-Centered Judgments of Responsibility in Group Settings.
Lumsden, Alec; Ross, Michael
Previous research has shown that individuals take more responsibility for group outcomes than other participants attribute to them. To assess whether the interactive component of the group endeavor is the locus of this self-centered bias, group members (N=80) worked on analogies either separately in coaction groups or together in interaction groups. Subsequently, each member of the dyad was informed that his group had either succeeded or failed at the task. Attributions of responsibility for the final score were most self-centered in successful coaction groups. A possible explanation for this outcome may be that the interaction between group members provided a form of reality-testing. Findings suggest that group structure may alter the effects of performance level on attributions of responsibility. (Author/KMF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).