Sebastian Cancino Montecinos. Foto: Niklas Björling
Sebastian Cancino Montecinos. Foto: Niklas Björling

Detta halvtidsseminarium äger rum onsdag den 17 januari 2018, kl 13-15 i konferensrum 357, Frescati Hagväg 14, plan 3.

Granskare: Docent Petri Laukka, Psykologiska institutionen, och doktorand Diana Sanchez Cortes, Psykologiska institutionen.

Handledare: Professor Torun Lindholm, Psykologiska institutionen, och professor Fredrik Björklund, Lunds universitet.

Abstract

The theory of cognitive dissonance (Festinger, 1957) is probably the most influential—and celebrated—theory in social psychology (see e.g., Cooper, 2007; Gawronski & Strack, 2012). In short, dissonance theory holds that people strive to keep their cognitions consistent with one another in order to maintain a sense of coherence. However, a sudden inconsistent act (e.g., behaving in a contradictive manner) may put the harmonized cognitions in conflict, thereby overturning the sense of coherence. As a consequence, mental effort will be mobilized to stabilize (or reorganize) these cognitions. Dissonance research has mainly studied (i) under what conditions dissonance is evoked, (ii) why dissonance is evoked, and (iii) which dissonance-reduction strategies people tend to use. However, far less focus has been put on how dissonance affects other aspects of the human mind, and how dissonance theory relates to other basic psychological theories. The main purpose of this dissertation is to investigate novel effects of the experience of dissonance. Furthermore, since dissonance is characterized as psychological discomfort, the purpose this dissertation is also to investigate more closely (compared to earlier research) the emotional nature of the experience of dissonance.   

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