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G201: Comm Theory Discussion Questions ( continued on reverse ) COGNITIVE DISSONANCE (Leon Festinger) 1. What is cognitive dissonance? 2. When did you last experience cognitive dissonance? Why might you or others have trouble answering that question? 3. What is selective exposure? How does it remedy / reduce dissonance? Provide an example. 4. What is postdecision reassurance? How does it remedy / reduce dissonance? Provide an example. 5. What is the minimal justification hypothesis? How does it remedy / reduce dissonance? Provide an example.
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G201: Comm Theory Discussion Questions EXTENDING THEORY 6. Do you believe that self-consistency or responsibility for bad outcomes creates greater dissonance? Why? CRITIQUING THEORY 7. This theory of behavior and belief does not seem to be built on a particularly flattering or optimistic view of our species, but rather a view of humans as weak, deficient, and easily manipulated. Can we
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Unformatted text preview: advocate cognitive dissonance theory and still maintain a positive view of humans and the process of influence? Are the great majority of humans mere pigeons, readily handled by the elite cognitive dissonance spets among us? Does successful persuasion constitute nothing more honorable or value-centered than cagily controlling behavior, stimulating the rationalization process in others by dropping the right-sized reward at the right moment? 8. On the other hand, it is important to stress moments when knowledge and theory building work against the grain of received wisdom. Generate a short list of important ideas, hypotheses, or theories that were originally considered bizarre, heretical, or nonsensical (in other words, they created cognitive dissonance)....
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