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Transactive memory and power: Do leaders have access to different types of information?

Fetterman, Joshua Davis (2009) Transactive memory and power: Do leaders have access to different types of information? Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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A transactive memory system is a shared understanding of who knows what in a group. Groups complete tasks more efficiently when group members have access to transactive memory systems (Liang, et al., 1995). However, some group members may have more access than others. Some research indicates that the powerful know less about others (Fiske, 1993), while other research indicates that they know more about others, but only about task-relevant characteristics (Guinote, 2008; Overbeck & Park, 2006). Therefore, powerful individuals may have more access to some aspects of transactive memory systems. In this experiment, high power participants saw task-relevant and personal information about other group members. They recalled more information of both sorts than did low power participants. This indicates that powerful people may indeed have greater access to the information in transactive memory systems, and that this advantage is not limited to task-relevant information.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Fetterman, Joshua Davisjdf22@pitt.eduJDF22
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMoreland, RIchardcslewis@pitt.eduCSLEWIS
Committee MemberLevine, Johnjml@pitt.eduJML
Committee MemberGreenberg, Martingreenber@pitt.eduGREENBER
Date: 29 September 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 6 May 2009
Approval Date: 29 September 2009
Submission Date: 20 July 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: groups; personal information; task-relevant information
Other ID:, etd-07202009-113405
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:52
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:46


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