Dissonance reduction as emotion regulation: Attitude change is related to positive emotions in the induced compliance paradigm.

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Dissonance reduction as emotion regulation: Attitude change is related to positive emotions in the induced compliance paradigm. / Cancino-Montecinos, Sebastian; Björklund, Fredrik; Lindholm, Torun.

In: PLoS ONE, 17.12.2018.

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T1 - Dissonance reduction as emotion regulation: Attitude change is related to positive emotions in the induced compliance paradigm.

AU - Cancino-Montecinos, Sebastian

AU - Björklund, Fredrik

AU - Lindholm, Torun

PY - 2018/12/17

Y1 - 2018/12/17

N2 - The aim of this study was to clarify how positive and negative emotions are related to the common attitude-change effect in cognitive dissonance research. Drawing on appraisal theories of emotion, and emotion-regulation research, we predicted that negative emotions would be inversely related to attitude change, whereas positive emotions would be positively related to attitude change in the induced compliance paradigm. In two studies, participants (N = 44; N = 106) wrote a counter-attitudinal essay under the perception of high choice, and were later asked to state their emotions in relation to writing this essay, as well as to state their attitude. Results confirmed the predictions, even when controlling for baseline emotions. These findings untangled a previously unresolved issue in dissonance research, which in turn shows how important emotion theories are for the understanding of cognitive dissonance processes.

AB - The aim of this study was to clarify how positive and negative emotions are related to the common attitude-change effect in cognitive dissonance research. Drawing on appraisal theories of emotion, and emotion-regulation research, we predicted that negative emotions would be inversely related to attitude change, whereas positive emotions would be positively related to attitude change in the induced compliance paradigm. In two studies, participants (N = 44; N = 106) wrote a counter-attitudinal essay under the perception of high choice, and were later asked to state their emotions in relation to writing this essay, as well as to state their attitude. Results confirmed the predictions, even when controlling for baseline emotions. These findings untangled a previously unresolved issue in dissonance research, which in turn shows how important emotion theories are for the understanding of cognitive dissonance processes.

KW - cognitive dissonance

KW - induced compliance

KW - emotions

KW - emotion regulation

KW - attitude change

KW - cognitive dissonance

KW - induced compliance

KW - emotions

KW - emotion regulation

KW - attitude change

U2 - 10.1371/journal.pone.0209012

DO - 10.1371/journal.pone.0209012

M3 - Article

C2 - 30557326

JO - PLoS ONE

JF - PLoS ONE

SN - 1932-6203

M1 - 0209012

ER -