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Araceli Frias

2005 Research

Abstract: Self-Seving Bias and Happiness, "I Can Buy My Happiness but You Can't"

Mentor: Dr. Philip C. Watkins, Psychology

While many of us have been told that money cannot buy our happiness, in this study I explored if self-serving biases led people to believe they could. Participants rated a list of twelve items based on how happy it would make one of three people in the long-term: their mother, Average American individual, or themselves. I predicted that participants would rate typical lifetime and luxurious items as likely to bring them lasting happiness but not with their mother or the Average American individual.

Presentations

9th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 17, 2006

2006 Western Psychological Association Conference

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