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