Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date



Sciences and Mathematics, College of


Psychological Science, Department of

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation


The availability heuristic occurs when we make judgements based on our previous knowledge and experiences. Within this, bias could be present, in that the information that is easy to recall has an outsized effect on our judgments. There are many ways in which this heuristic has been tested in previous research. For example, studies have been conducted within groups where individuals are asked to estimate how much they contribute within relationships and living arrangements (Kruger et. al., 2008). We extend this research to group projects – we will test whether students participating in group projects overestimate the share of work they contribute to the group. Additionally, we hypothesize that when students list their contributions (and those of their group members) that they will estimate their contributions to the group as smaller than those who simply check boxes for their contributions (and those of their group members). Data is currently be collected and results will be presented at BURS.