Correction of manipulated responses in the choice blindness paradigm: What are the predictors?

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Choice blindness is a cognitive phenomenon describing that when people receive false feedback about a choice they just made, they often accept the outcome as their own. Little is known about what predisposes people to correct manipulations they are subjected to in choice blindness studies. In this study, 118 participants answered a political attitude survey and were then asked to explain some of their responses out of which three had been manipulated to indicate an opposite position. Just over half (58.4%) of the
manipulations were corrected. We measured extremity, centrality and commitment for each attitude, and one week prior to the experiment we assessed participants’ preference for consistency, need for cognition and political awareness. Only extremity was able to predict correction. The results highlight the elusiveness of choice blindness and speak against dissonance and lack of motivation to engage in cognitively demanding tasks as explanations why the effect occurs.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Psychology


  • choice blindness, attitude change, attitude strength, need for cognition, preference for consistency, political awareness
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Place of PublicationMontreal
PublisherCognitive Science Society, Inc
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul 8
Publication categoryResearch
EventCogSci 2019: The 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2019 Jul 242019 Jul 27
Conference number: 41


ConferenceCogSci 2019
Abbreviated titleCOGSCI 19
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