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Differences in the Motivational Urges and Enacted Behaviors of Guilt and Shame: A Study on Individualism and Collectivism

dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Craig (Craig Alexander)
dc.contributor.advisorSaylor, Megan
dc.contributor.authorDyer, Richard C. (Richard Chandler)
dc.descriptionThis study examines the relationships between motivational urges and action tendencies for guilt and shame, looking for moderation effects of individualism and collectivism. This paper was for Psychology 2990, Psychology Honors Research, under the direction of Professor Craig A. Smith. The director of the Honors Program was Professor Megan Saylor. Includes a powerpoint presentation dated April 13, 2012.en_US
dc.description.abstractThere has been limited research regarding the differences in motivational urges, action tendencies and enacted behaviors on a cross-cultural basis. To study this, we administered an online questionnaire, composed of two parts. The first part of this study aimed to validate the EMGEBS scale (Smith & Kirby 2010) for a variety of negative emotions. The second part of this study looked at the relation between emotional correlations and action tendencies for guilt and shame. Further analysis was done to understand the unique action tendencies for each emotion, and whether or not individualism or collectivism (our proxy for cross-cultural differences) was a moderating factor. The statistical validation of the negative EMGEBS scale was successful. While the second part of the study yielded a number of unique action tendencies for guilt and shame, only two moderating effects were found for individualism and collectivism’s effect on the enacted behaviors.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subject.lcshGuilt -- Cross-cultural studiesen_US
dc.subject.lcshShame -- Cross-cultural studiesen_US
dc.subject.lcshMotivation (Psychology) -- Cross-cultural studiesen_US
dc.titleDifferences in the Motivational Urges and Enacted Behaviors of Guilt and Shame: A Study on Individualism and Collectivismen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.description.departmentPsychological Sciencesen_US

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