New directions in social comparison research

  title={New directions in social comparison research},
  author={Bram P. Buunk and Thomas Mussweiler},
  journal={European Journal of Social Psychology},
This article notices that social comparison theory has developed from being a focused theoretical statement on the use of others for self-evaluation into a lively and varied area of research encompassing many different paradigms, approaches and applications. A recent 'renaissance' in social comparison theory is described in which links were established with social comparison work from before Festinger's (1954) classic paper and in which various new methods and theoretical models were developed… 
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