Matthew Richard Faherty, Lindsay Maria Koeller, Josh David Pasek, Megan Elizabeth White



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Over the last several decades, researchers have found evidence that narcissism is increasing generationally such that older generations were less narcissistic when in college than college students are today. Narcissism consist of recurring patterns of grandiosity, constant need for admiration, and lack of empathy towards others. Students high in narcissism and egocentric self-views are have higher expectations of their academic performance in college, but these expectations may not necessarily correlate to actual academic performance. Previous research found that undergraduate students tend to exaggerate or inflate their grade point average (GPA). The current research examines the association between narcissism and academic exaggeration (reporting a higher GPA than their actual GPA), and subsequent academic performance. The current, longitudinal study recorded participants’ self-reported GPA and their official GPA at the start and end of the semester they participated in the study, as well as multiple measures of narcissism. It is predicted that the association between academic exaggeration and subsequent GPA will vary by narcissism, such that students with higher levels of narcissism who exaggerate their academic performance will have a lower subsequent GPA.

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Erin Marie O'Mara

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Examining the Impact of Narcissism and Academic Exaggeration on Academic Performance of Undergraduate Students