Dealing with dissonance: Responding to an incongruent test result in a new media environment

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Abstract

In a new media environment replete with opportunities to test and express political identity, this study examines how people respond when confronted with a political test result that contradicts their partisan affiliation. An incongruent test result should produce motivated processing, but only when individuals do not dismiss the incongruent result will they experience dissonance and alter their social identification. Using a series of experiments, the results of this study supported these hypotheses. Implications of these findings for political psychology and message response are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)689-694
Number of pages6
JournalCyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Volume14
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011

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