Accession Number : ADA141857
Title : Effects of Confirmed and Disconfirmed Expectations: A Naturally Occuring Experiment.
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,
Corporate Author : TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION DEPT OF MANAGEMENT
Personal Author(s) : Skivington,J E ; Woodman,R W
PDF Url : ADA141857
Report Date : May 1984
Pagination or Media Count : 42
Abstract : The existence of a naturally occuring event (the selection of students for an honors program) permitted a test of cognitive dissonance theory through falsification. Affective reactions to confirmed and disconfirmed expectations were measured using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Support for dissonance reduction through affective displacement is discovered but the results raise questions about the predictive ability of cognitive dissonance theory. Methodological issues and attributionally based extensions to dissonance theory are discussed.
Descriptors : *Cognition, Theory, Methodology
Subject Categories : Psychology
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE