Effects of immediacy of feedback on estimations and performance
Article first published online: 10 AUG 2012
© 2012 The Australian Psychological Society
Australian Journal of Psychology
Volume 64, Issue 3, pages 169–177, September 2012
How to Cite
Fajfar, P., Campitelli, G. and Labollita, M. (2012), Effects of immediacy of feedback on estimations and performance. Australian Jnl of Psychology, 64: 169–177. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2011.00048.x
- Issue published online: 10 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 10 AUG 2012
- Received 11 May 2011. Accepted for publication 8 December 2011.
- decision affect theory;
- immediate feedback;
- temporal discounting
We investigated the role of anticipation of feedback in performance and estimation about own performance. We submitted 155 participants to a test of verbal aptitude, and we requested them to give estimations of their own performance and the performance of other participants. There were two treatments: immediate feedback and delayed feedback. Participants in the immediate-feedback group were informed that they would receive feedback on their performance immediately after finishing the test, whereas participants in the delayed-feedback group were informed that they would receive feedback a week after taking the test. The immediate-feedback group performed better than the delayed-feedback group. Furthermore, the former underestimated their own performance. On the other hand, participants on the delayed-feedback group made unbiased estimations. We present a mathematical model based on construal-level theory, decision affect theory, temporal discounting, and Moore and Healy's model of overestimation. The model suggests that the source of differences in performance and in estimations of own performance is a construal of the feedback situation that modifies the expected utility of the task.