text comprehension, beliefs
Hessler, John K.; Simon, Isaac D.; Wolfe, Michael B.; and Williams, Todd J., "Belief Change and Memory for Previous Beliefs after Comprehension of Contentious Scientific Information" (2014). Student Summer Scholars. 118.
We explored the relationship between belief change and recollection of previous beliefs. Subjects reported beliefs about TV violence. Later, subjects read a one-sided, belief inconsistent text. We manipulated whether subjects reported beliefs after reading first, or recollected previous beliefs first. A third group was told their previous beliefs before reporting current beliefs. Recollections were not improved when subjects recollected beliefs first. When told previous beliefs, belief change was reduced, suggesting a desire to appear consistent.