Accession Number : AD0641511

Title :   PERSONALITY DIFFERENCES IN DISSONANCE RESOLUTION.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : COLORADO UNIV BOULDER

Personal Author(s) : Harvey,O. J. ; Ware,Robert

Report Date : OCT 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Following the induction of either a positive or negative impression of an object person (OP) through descriptions of his past behavior, concrete and abstract Ss were presented descriptions of OP's present behavior that run counter to their past and wrote a two paragraph explanation of the perceived consistency-inconsistency. Concrete Ss, significantly more than abstract individuals, (1) perceived inconsistencies between OP's past and present behavior, (2) were negatively aroused by the inconsistency, (3) sought to neutralize the inconsistencies by attributing them to temporal change in OP's, (4) gave few explanations of the inconsistencies, (5) gave poorly integrated accounts of the inconsistencies, and (6) used stereotypic labels in their explanations. In addition, concrete Ss were significantly less tentative in their conclusions about the OPs and significantly more likely to view OP's possession of desirable and undesirable characteristics as mutually exclusive. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PERSONALITY, *ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY)), PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), BEHAVIOR, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE