Dot Estimation Task

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Dot Estimation Task

The Dot Estimation Task, an experimental manipulation in which participants estimate the number dots presented on a series of screens and are randomly classified as "underestimators" or "overestimators". The task is used for studying ingroup favoritism, response to evaluation, social comparisons, and other social psychological phenomena.
Duration: 1.5 minutes
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Shrauger, J. S. (1975). Responses to evaluation as a function of initial self-perceptions. Psychological Bulletin, 82, 581-596.

Brown, J. D., Collins, R. L., Schmidt, G. W. (1988). Self-esteem and direct versus indirect forms of self-enhancement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 55, 445-453.

Diehl, M. (1990). The minimal group paradigm: Theoretical explanations and empirical findings. In W. Stroebe & M. Hewstone (Eds.), European review of social psychology (Vol. 1, pp. 263-292). Chichester: Wiley.

Mussweiler, T., Gabriel, S., Bodenhausen, G. V. (2000). Shifting Social Identities as a Strategy for Deflecting Threatening Social Comparisons. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 398-409.

Foels, R. (2007). Ingroup favoritism and social self-esteem in minimal groups: Changing a social categorization into a social identity. Current Research in Social Psychology, 12, 38-53.