Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

James M. Thomas

Second Advisor

Wayne Harrison

Third Advisor

Bridgette O. Ryalls


The present study focused on differences in using group and individual feedback in self-evaluation of performance when engaging in a group task. Based on an established category of cultural differences, collectivistic-individualistic, Japanese and American students participated to represent each culture. The current study tested a hypothesis that Japanese students would use group feedback more heavily in evaluating their individual performances than would American students. The results did not support the hypothesis. Interestingly, the assumption that Japanese students represent collectivistic culture, and American students represent individualistic culture was not supported. According to the scale used in the study, the American participants were more collectivistic than the Japanese sample. Possible explanations for the unexpected results and suggestions for future research are discussed.

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