Some people wanted me to post this.
It's a hypothetical research paper on 'Competitive Attitudes with Collectivistic and Individualistic cultures'.
The hypothesis is that those born and raised in an Individualistic culture will be more competitive in an individual-oriented game while those from a Collectivistic culture will be more competitive in a group-oriented game.
Not my best paper, but it's interesting nonetheless. The Discussion section kind of sucks because I'm burnt out from finals and stopped caring.
Modified.in threw off the margins.
Here's the paper. Enjoy.
This study is an analysis of the effects of being raised in either an individualistic or a collectivistic society on competitive attitudes. The hypothesis posits that those raised in an individualistic society are more competitive in an individual setting and those raised in a collectivistic society are more competitive in a group setting. One hundred subjects (50 born and raised in an individualistic culture and 50 born and raised in a collectivistic culture), ages 15-40, that have never lived in the opposite culture, will be rated on a competitiveness subscale. They will then play a team-game and an individualized-game for a monetary reward, and rate which game they preferred. Mean scores will be analyzed in a chi-squared test.
The Effects of Culture on Competitive Attitudes
Culture holds a strong influence on personality. Culture provides one with ready-made ways of approaching their lives through socially transmitted expectations and knowledge (Friedman & Schustack, 283). Often these expectations and knowledge are learned through families, friends, neighbors, communities, and societies. For instance, all people have a biological sex drive, yet culture and religion can influence people to refrain from premarital sex, to avoid adulterous relations during marriage, and even to refrain from sexual activity completely. Although individual differences occur within a society, people are shaped by their cultures and subcultures and, in many ways, are like those in the same culture or subculture but different from those in other cultures (Friedman & Schustack, 283).
According to Friedman & Schustack, â€œA key dimension of cultural effects on personality involves the centrality of the autonomous individual versus the centrality of the collectiveâ€
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