Date of Award

5-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Psychology

Major Professor

Lowell Gaertner

Committee Members

Garriy Shteynberg, Michael Olson

Abstract

This research examines how Asian students react to peers’ self-enhancement. I found that even totally legitimate self-enhancement (i.e., agreeing to publish one’s high score) will get an Asian sabotaged by other successful peers in their society. In Study 1, I found that Asian students who succeeded, rather than who failed or in the control condition, were more likely to sabotage a slightly self-enhancing target person who agreed to publish his/her success. In Study 2, I replicated the results when participants and the target person were in different domains of success.

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