We are happy to announce that Ewa Szumowska from our Centre recently received the research grant from National Science Centre! Full name of the project is “Self-verification in the context of epistemic motivation”.
Previous studies showed that people tend to prefer self-verifying feedback over non-veryfiying one. New project proposes to look at self-verifying behaviors as means to an end, which is possessing and sustaining certain knowledge, rather than a goal in itself. This assumes that when there is another, more instrumental means to this end (e.g., another source of reliable knowledge), self-verification effects would not appear. Research by Ewa can help understand how self-knowledge is constructed and when people might not be motivated to confirm their self-views, especially negative ones. Good job!