Like Me? An Empirical Study on Social Comparisons and Emotion Dispositions in Online Learning Outcomes

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Proceedings - 2023 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2023


The current research examined to what extent different foci on upward social comparisons together with individuals' dispositional benign and malicious envy predict learning outcomes in two experimental studies. In both Study 1 and Study 2, university students were randomly assigned to one of three social comparison visual intervention groups and completed an online learning task. While both studies used identical visual interventions, Study 2 also included explicit other-self similarity information. Results from Study 1 showed that dispositional benign and malicious envy positively and negatively predicted learning outcomes, respectively. These associations disappeared in Study 2, however, suggesting that other-self similarity information might have successfully suppressed emotional consequences related to dispositional envy. Similarity information might have also promoted other consequences (e.g., affective-motivational) positively associated with learning outcomes. This research uniquely contributes to the limited literature regarding dispositional benign and malicious envy in combination with social comparisons in online learning.


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