Expected Completion: Spring 2015
Social norms over time: A cross cultural investigation in the context of helping
Areas of expertise:
Cultural Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology
My research interests include examining social norms in India and the United States. I am currently working on three projects that further my passion for cultural psychology. My first project is about social norms in the context of helping behavior with participants from India and the United States. My second project is a cross cultural developmental study that looks at the internalization of social expectations in Indian and American children. My third project is a behavioral investigation of exchange based norms in the United States.
My dissertation is a cross cultural investigation of social norms in the context of helping behavior. I am using a vignette based experimental design to assess the strength of social norms over time among Indian and European-American college students. I am assessing the strength of "exchange-based" and "communal" norms over time. I have designed a 4-part study to assess if these norms have an expiration date. Study 1 will assess whether respondents consider it justified for a person not to help a friend who had helped them five years earlier, depending on whether or not the friend had already made a short-term return. Study 2 will assess whether respondents consider it justified to decline to help a friend who had helped them either 3 months or 3 years earlier. Study 3 and 4 will answer questions about the nature and cost of help received. We predict that European-Americans will rate fewer obligations, guilt and more justification when participants are in the return condition in study 1 and the short term condition in study 2, while Indians will show no condition differences in either study. Whereas passage of time may have little effect on Indian communal norms, American exchange-based norms decrease in strength over time.
Teaching Fellow (Spring 2013, 2014). Fundamentals in Developmental Psychology. The New School for Social Research.
Psychology Instructor/Adjunct Faculty (Fall 2011, 2013; Summer 2012). Introduction to Psychology. Berkeley College.
Teaching Assistant (Fall 2011, 2012). Developmental Psychology. The New School for Social Research.
Teaching Assistant (Spring 2012). Empathy and Antisocial Behavior. Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts.
Miller, J., Goyal, N., & Wice, M., (in press). Ethical considerations in research on human development and culture. In Jensen, L.,(Ed) The Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Namrata Goyal, MA
PhD Candidate in Cognitive, Social & Developmental Psychology
The New School for Social Research
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