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Cognitive dissonance leads to an abstract mindset
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology.
2016 (English)In: Book of abstract, Kraków: Centre for Social Cognitive Studies , 2016, 38-38 p.Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study investigated the effects of cognitive dissonance on abstract thinking. According to action-identification theory, whenever people try to understand a situation in a new way, they activate an abstract mindset. Based on this premise, dissonance was hypothesized to put people in an abstract mindset. The induced compliance paradigm, in which participants are asked to write a counter-attitudinal essay under either low choice (producing little dissonance) or high choice (producing more dissonance), was employed. Results showed that dissonance did in fact activate a more abstract mindset, and this effect was more pronounced for participants having a more concrete mindset to begin with. This suggests that increasing abstraction, as a reaction to cognitive conflict, is a way for people to resolve inconsistencies.

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Kraków: Centre for Social Cognitive Studies , 2016. 38-38 p.
Keyword [en]
cognitive dissonance, abstract mindset
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141010DiVA: diva2:1085200
Conference
Kraków Small Group Meeting on Cognitive Consistency, Krakow, Poland, May 20-22, 2016.
Available from: 2017-03-28 Created: 2017-03-28 Last updated: 2017-03-28

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