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Study Questions der Seminare Social Cognition & Social Interaction in the Workplace an der Uni Würzburg

Study Questions der Seminare Social Cognition & Social Interaction in the Workplace an der Uni Würzburg

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According to Gilovich and Kruger (1999): which processes are responsible for the observation that people overestimate the importance of own contributions (positive and negative) to joint tasks?

  • self-esteem enhancement by the belief that they are the primary contributor

  • egocentric bias in the cognitive availability of information → remembering the own inputs easier than others

    • you don’t always see the other person doing work but you always know when you yourself are doing work (even more because of home office)

    • → people use information about themselves more than information about others when making a judgment

According to Gilovich and Kruger (1999): Which empirical observation suggests that people overestimate own contributions to joint tasks not only because they want to improve their (self-) image?

  • married couples tend to overestimate their contribution also on those activities that reflect negatively on the responsible party 

    • → the magnitude of overestimation is only weakly correlated with the desirability of the activity

According to Gilivoch and Kruger (1999): Give at least two examples for how egocentric biases might cause conflicts!

  • when writing a scientific paper, two people might think they put more work in and their name should be the “first author” → leads to conflict

  • in the business world, an employee might not be content with their pay because they believe they did more work than a co-worker but weren’t paid accordingly → leads to conflict

Explain a strategy, that counters egocentrism based on the questions being asked about one’s own and the partner’s contribution.

  • change the differential availability of people’s personal contributions by targeting the extent to which one remembers one’s own contributions more easily than the contributions of another

    • reframing the question to ask “what is their contribution?” instead of “what is your contribution?”

Explain the term "spotlight effect"! Give an example. 


  • people believe the social spotlight shines more brightly on them than is true (people believe people always look at them and judge them, but actually others are less likely to notice or think much about one’s failure than one suspects)

example: people in the experiment were forced to wear an embarrassing shirt and were afterwards asked how many people noticed → it was only 25% instead of the guessed 50%

Which mental disorders have symptoms resembling the spotlight effect?

  • social phobia / social anxiety disorder

  • paranoia (schizophrenic disorder)

Explain the term "illusion of transparency"! Give an example.

  • people are prone to believing their thoughts, feelings, and emotions are more apparent to others than is actually the case (& may fail to correct adequately for this realization)

  • example: people in an experiment drank different drinks and one of them tasted bad (they were asked to mask this as good as possible); afterwards they were asked to guess how many people could tell on a video of them drinking which drink was the disgusting one → way less people recognized than they thought → they were far less transparent than they thought

Explain how the illusion of transparency might contribute to interpersonal conflicts


  • people think they had been able to convey their emotions with far better clarity than they actually had & because it is so clear to the person themself, they might lose sight of this fact

    • it is easy to confuse the clarity of one’s internal experience with the clarity of one’s expressive behavior

  • → the attempt to communicate thoughts, feelings, etc. can fall short without the person noticing it → the other person(s) have little idea of the intended meaning

  • → if people overestimate that clarity, they may interpret the partner’s failure to take appropriate action as lack of caring or open hostility