Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. W. Pitt Derryberry (Director), Dr. Aaron Wichman, Dr. Andy Mienaltowski

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

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