Egocentric bias in estimates of consensus

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Abstract

Compared the perceptual distortion and motivational explanations of egocentric bias in estimates of consensus. Ss were 20-30 yr old married couples who were contestants in the TV game show "Play the Percentages." This nonlaboratory situation offered compelling incentives (cash and prizes) for accurate estimates of consensus. It was reasoned that if Ss had accurate estimates of consensus at their disposal, they would have utilized them to obtain the incentives. Nonetheless, previously observed egocentric biases (false consensus and the minority's overestimation of consensus) were found. Results indicate that an egocentric bias in estimates of consensus was more likely a result of perceptual distortion than of motivational strategies. (15 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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