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Winner Take(s) All Society: The Self in Status Contests Seminar

Time:
16:00 - 17:00
Date:
5 June 2014
Venue:
Psychology Department Room 3095, Building 44 (Shackleton) Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Allyson Marchi on 02380 599645 or email A.Marchi@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

Social standing is commonly established through winner take-all arrangements-where disproportionate resources are afforded to an elite few "winners." Contests to decide who is afforded the apex of these hierarchies are often fierce.

 

Social standing is commonly established through winner take-all arrangements-where disproportionate resources are afforded to an elite few "winners." Contests to decide who is afforded the apex of these hierarchies are often fierce.  Across a set of studies, I examine how self-threat, a by-product of actors jockeying for status, may direct actors' efforts towards nefarious behaviours, all in the service of winning these contests.  Furthermore, an additional set of studies further demonstrates that rising to the very top produces among its winners a sense of entitlement: a sense of self-deservingness that justifies all means. 

Armed with this inflated self-view, winners embezzled funds from the experimenter, deceived fellow participants, and misrepresented their achievements in the service of benefiting the self.  Together, these studies highlight the transformative effects changes within hierarchy have on the self.

Speaker information

Dr Niro Sivanathan, London Business School. Research focuses broadly on the psychology of the self, and its influence on decision-making. Additionally, research also explores how social hierarchy, through the psychological experience of power and status, regulates our judgment and behaviours.

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