Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology



First Advisor

Grant Willis


This study examined the effect of including a human figure drawing on the hindsight bias among undergraduate psychology students. Six groups were given a description of a 15 year-old boy who was experiencing school difficulties. Some of these groups also were given outcome information suggesting that the boy's difficulties were due either to social-emotional problems or to learning problems. In addition, some groups also were given a human figure drawing made by the boy. Participants then assigned likelihood probabilities to the two outcomes. Results of non-parametric analyses showed the hindsight bias for only one of the six groups. In contrast, results of parametric analyses showed a main effect for the outcome variable. Results are discussed in terms of previous research on the hindsight bias.



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