O'Leary, Brian J.
Biderman, Michael D.; Weathington, Bart L.
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The Galatea effect occurs when self-efficacy is intentionally raised yielding an increase in performance. The study focused on generalizing the Galatea effect to the historically under researched populations of Blacks in the workforce. To raise self-efficacy, the participants in the experimental condition were presented with a scenario designed to increase specific self-efficacy through verbal persuasion. This study used a diverse sample of male and female college students. The dependent variable was performance on Sudoku – a cognition puzzle. The Sudoku puzzle is a test of deductive reasoning which can be related to cognitive performance. Cognitive ability is often used in business settings. The Sudoku puzzle is a logical reasoning puzzle that can be investigated using mathematics. Participants were asked to complete a scale expected to measure specific self-efficacy (Mathematics Self-Efficacy Scale). The study’s lack of significant findings suggests that the Galatea effect is more complex than has been perceived.
M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
vi, 31 leaves
Day, Brittany, "The effects of expectations on performance: generalizing Galatea" (2010). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.