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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (11) : 2027-2035     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.02027
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The Better-Than-Average Effect in Judgment and Decision Making
LI Bin;XU Fuming;GUO Yongyu;ZHANG Hui;LUO Hanbing;ZHENG Qiuqiang
(Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior, Ministry of Education (CCNU); School of Psychology, Central China Normal University; Key Laboratory of Human Development and Mental Health of Hubei Province, Wuhan 430079, China)
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The better-than-average effect refers to the tendency for people to evaluate themselves more favorably than the average peer. The effect exists widely in judgment and decision making. Now two psychological mechanisms of the effect are introduced: motivational theory and nonmotivational theory. And then, we introduce influential factors of the better-than-average effect, including the attributes of evaluative dimensions, research methods, feedbacks, the knowledge of referents and cultural differences. In addition, the deficiencies existing in current research and the directions for future research are discussed.

Keywords better-than-average effect      motivational theory      egocentrism      generalized group ideas     
Corresponding Authors: XU Fuming   
Issue Date: 15 November 2013
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LI Bin,XU Fuming,GUO Yongyu, et al. The Better-Than-Average Effect in Judgment and Decision Making[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(11): 2027-2035.
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