Accession Number : AD0668335

Title :   OPINION CHANGE AS A FUNCTION OF STRESS AND COMMUNICATOR CREDIBILITY.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : TEXAS UNIV AUSTIN DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Sigall,Harold ; Helmreich,Robert

Report Date : NOV 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : An experiment, investigating the effects of audience stress and communicator credibility on opinion change was conducted. High and low stress and high-relevant, high-irrelevant, and low communicator credibility comprised a 2 X 3 factorial design. The nature of the stress was unrelated to the topic of the communication. Sixty subjects were randomly assigned to one of the six experimental conditions. It was predicted that differences in communicator credibility would lead to differences in opinion change under low stress and that under high stress, opinion change would not be affected significantly by differences in communicator credibility. The results supported these predictions. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY)), ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE