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Nathan Bowling (Committee Member), Gary Burns (Committee Member), David La Huis (Advisor)

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Master of Science (MS)


The current study examined how various rater-level variables are related to performance ratings. Student participants watched a series of video clips depicting high, medium, and low levels of employee work performance. The participants then rated the performance of the employee depicted in the video on a graphic rating scale. The rater level variables examined for the current study included rater goals, cognitive ability, conscientiousness, and agreeableness. The results indicated that focusing the on the strength of the employee (strength goal) was associated with rating elevation and that rater conscientiousness was associated with rating deflation. Strength goal, conscientiousness, agreeableness, and cognitive ability were all associated with rating accuracy. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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Department of Psychology

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