Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11851/1770
Title: Affective Contagion in Effortful Political Thinking
Authors: Erişen, Cengiz
Lodge, Milton
Taber, Charles
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Keywords: affect priming
political thinking
motivated reasoning
mediation
Issue Date: Apr-2014
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Source: Erisen, C., Lodge, M., & Taber, C. S. (2014). Affective contagion in effortful political thinking. Political Psychology, 35(2), 187-206.
Abstract: We offer a theory of motivated political reasoning based on the claim that the feelings aroused in the initial stages of processing sociopolitical information inevitably color all phases of the evaluation process. When a citizen is called on to express a judgment, the considerations that enter into conscious rumination will be biased by the valence of initial affect. This article reports the results of two experiments that test our affective contagion hypothesis-unnoticed affective cues influence the retrieval and construction of conscious considerations in the direction of affective congruence. We then test whether these affectively congruent considerations influence subsequently reported policy evaluations, which we call affective mediation. In short, the considerations that come consciously to mind to inform and to support the attitude construction process are biased systematically by the feelings that are aroused in the earliest stages of processing. This underlying affective bias in processing drives motivated reasoning and rationalization in political thinking. 
URI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9221.2012.00937.x
https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11851/1770
ISSN: 0162-895X
Appears in Collections:Scopus İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / Scopus Indexed Publications Collection
Siyaset Bilimi Bölümü / Department of Political Science
WoS İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / WoS Indexed Publications Collection

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