College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in General Psychology (MAGP)
Dr. Christopher Leone
Dr. Russell Jones
This research used a trait-based impression formation task to explore the effect of instructional set and opportunity for thought on inconsistency discounting. It was predicted that attitude polarization would be attenuated, regardless of opportunity for thought, when discounting incongruent information was difficult. When discounting incongruent information was easy, attitude polarization was expected to increase as opportunity for thought increased. The relationship between discounting and opportunity for thought was expected to be accentuated when individuals are low in tolerance for ambiguity. The results did not support these predictions. Explanations for the results are discussed and directions for future research are proposed.
Speziani, Fiorella Giulietta, "Effect of Discounting on Self-Generated Attitude Change: A Person by Situtation" (1999). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 257.