Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Dr. W. Pitt Derryberry (Director), Dr. Aaron Wichman, Dr. Andy Mienaltowski
Department of Psychology
Master of Arts
Recently, Thoma and Bebeau (2008) reported moral judgment developmental trends among various samples of undergraduates and graduates where increases in Personal Interests reasoning and decreases in Postconventional reasoning were observed. In an attempt to explain such trends, they cited recent trends in increased narcissism among college students (Twenge, Konrath, Foster, Campbell, & Bushman, 2008) and also noted that certain types of technological devices (i.e. social networking websites, cell phones, etc.) may have adverse effects social decision-making and self-presentation. The current study, therefore, addresses the relationships among moral judgment development, narcissism, and electronic media and communication devices (EMCD's). Analyses support that the extent of EM CD usage, as well as the reasons for usage, contribute to decreased Postconventional reasoning, but have a negligible effect on Personal Interests reasoning.
Cognition and Perception | Cognitive Psychology | Communication Technology and New Media | Psychology | Social Psychology
Saculla, Meghan M., "Addressing Relationships among Moral Judgment Development, Narcissism, and Electronic Media and Communication Devices" (2010). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 192.