Attempted to clarify recent evidence which favors a consistency as opposed to a self-esteem preserving interpretation of anticipatory (i.e., precommunication) belief change. In Exp. I, an extended replication of a study by D. Papageorgis (see 41:6) indicated that the evidence favoring consistency theory was artifactually produced. Making use of a distinction suggested by Papageorgis concerning the context of research on anticipatory belief change, a 2nd experiment was carried out. Data from Exp. II appear to favor the self-esteem interpretation of anticipatory belief change and suggest that warning of a coming influence attempt will not produce precommunication belief change when presented in a context in which self-esteem considerations are not salient. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science
- anticipatory opinion change, self-esteem &