Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
cognitive dissonance, misinformation, inclusion, condition
The current study was interested in examining the relationship between cognitive dissonance and susceptibility to misinformation. Participants were exposed to two emotional images; subsequently, they composed a counterattitudinal essay concerned with generating arguments in support of a tuition increase. Participants were either given a set of objective questions concerning the images or a set of misleading questions. All participants were then administered final questionnaires that contained both misleading and non-leading questions. This study hypothesized that participants in the dissonance-induced condition were likely to be more susceptible to the inclusion of misinformation during the final recall task. Findings indicated that participants in the dissonance-induced condition did not make more errors than those in the non-dissonance condition.
Jordan, Nina S., "Cognitive Dissonance as a Potential Mediator of the Misinformation Effect" (2011). Honors Theses. 1004.