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Corey E. Miller, Ph.D. (Committee Chair); David LaHuis, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Nathan Bowling, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Gary Burns, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Personality measures have been used for decades to predict many important workplace outcomes, however, the literature reveals weak predictive validities (Barrick et al., 2001; Morgeson et al., 2007). This study investigates metaperceptions, or an individual’s belief about how others perceive them (Laing et al., 1966), to determine if they are a more effective predictor of behavioral outcomes than the typical self-report measures used today. Metaperceptions capture a different perspective than classic self-reports and other-reports, and therefore may measure a different source of construct relevant variance. Using a student sample (N = 181), we tested three main hypotheses: (1) combining self-ratings, informant-ratings, and metaperceptions together will result in better prediction of behavioral outcomes than self-ratings alone, (2) there will be evidence of generalized meta-accuracy, meaning the correlation between metaperceptions and informant-reports will be significantly stronger than the correlation between self-reports and informant reports, and (3) metaperceptions will provide significant incremental variance in predicting behavioral outcomes above self-ratings and informant-ratings. Ultimately, we found mixed support for the three hypotheses. However, we found three very important implications from this research. First, metaperceptions can be used to capture a different source of construct-relevant variance than regular self-reports. Second, this study had provided further evidence that a person’s self-concept is different than their metaperception. Third, this study has provided evidence that the effectiveness of self-reports in comparison to metaperceptions may be dependent on the specific trait being measured. We recommend expanding research on metaperceptions in the future.

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Department of Psychology

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