|TITLE:||THE EFFECTS OF UNCERTAINTY AVOIDANCE ON TRUST|
|PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:||HERRINGTON, GAGE|
|OTHER INVESTIGATORS:||DR. KELLY HENRY, FACULTY SPONSOR|
File Created: April 1, 2013|
Department Chair Action Date: April 2, 2013
Current Status: Final Status Report Received
|Confidentiality||Data are not linked to individuals|
STATEMENT OF PURPOSEPast research has indicated that as risk is increased, trust also has the potential to be increased (Cook, Yamagishi, Cheshire, Cooper, Matsude, & Mashima 2005; Kollock 1994). A similar study by Buchan, Croson, and Dawes (2002) supports this idea, and laid out data from four different countries (China, South Korea, Japan, and the United States). This study indicated that the most trusting countries surveyed, China and the US, also shared one other attribute―similar levels of uncertainty avoidance. Uncertainty avoidance, as detailed by Hofstede, is an aversion to situations and experiences with an unclear outcome (1980). Our study will look at uncertainty avoidance and how it can be manipulated by way of instructions. We want to find if different wording on instructions can increase uncertainty avoidance, and therefore decrease trust in the experiment.
STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGYParticipants will complete a visual-spatial task, and take a scale to measure uncertainty avoidance. They will be offered credit in introductory psychology classes for their participation. The scale we will be using is the Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale, a 5-point Likert-type (1=not representative at all to 5=completely representative) developed by Freeston, Rhéaume, Letarte, Dugas, and Ladouceur (1994).
ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITSThere are no physical risks involved in this study, but the visual-spatial task may involve minor stress, as it has a time limit to complete. Participants will be debriefed after completion of the study.
SUBJECT SELECTIONThis study will be piloted with 20 participants, who will be recruited through introductory psychology classes. They will sign up on SONA, where they will be offered credit to participate.
CONFIDENTIALITYParticipants will be sign a consent form before beginning the study. Data gathered in this study will be assigned a subject number that will not be associated with any participants individually. This guarantees that all the data and results will be anonymous.
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Final Report on 05-09-2013The data collection was completed on time. Students were surveyed and their data assigned numbers to keep everything anonymous. Consent forms were collected.
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