Studies on social information gathering typically investigate how an interactant actively elicits needed information from another source. An alternative approach would focus on how a hearer gathers selected bits of information from the message(s) at hand. The process of second‐guessing is proposed as one such interpretive approach to information gathering. Previous research confirmed that social actors do use this strategy and use it reasonably effectively. This article extends our knowledge of second‐guessing by looking at the conditions or “cues” that provoke the process, and by showing that participants in an experimental study second‐guess when confronted with those cues.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||38|
|Journal||Human Communication Research|
|State||Published - Mar 1986|