Title

SHAME

Abstract

The goal of this research was three-fold: to understand the effect of shame-inducing feedback on a novel motor behavior skill, to understand the effect of shame-inducing feedback on psychological perception of experience, and to use shame- and guilt-proneness to predict other psychological variables. Participants engaged in a novel motor behavior task in which they used a stylus to trace a moving light (rotary pursuit). Depending on experimental condition, their feedback was either shame inducing or neutral. Following 20 rounds, participants were given a survey. Factors evaluated in the survey included: performance on a rotary pursuit task, motivation, shame-proneness, guilt-proneness, fixing behaviors, use of optional practice, legitimacy of authority, and believability of feedback.

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