The current study examines how social evaluation shapes views of the self and others differently across development. Despite equivalent experiences of social evaluation, adolescents internalized peer rejection, experiencing a feedback-induced drop in self-views, whereas adults externalized peer rejection, reporting a task-induced boost in self-views and deprecating the peers who rejected them. The results identify co-developing processes underlying why peer rejection may lead to more dramatic alterations in self-views during adolescence than other phases of the lifespan.
materials and data for the study presented in:
Rodman, A.M., Powers, K.E., and Somerville, L.H. (in press). The development of self-protective biases in response to social evaluative feedback. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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