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dc.contributor.advisor Anderson, Craig A.
dc.creatorKellam, Kathryn Laney
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-18T21:33:34Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-18T21:33:34Z
dc.date.issued 1985
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/104859
dc.description.abstract An experiment to determine the effects of conclusive evidence on weakly-based beliefs was presented. The subjects explained a hypothetical relationship between two variables, and it was found that the subjects' opinions were systematically influenced as a result of their explanations. The subjects' judgments of conclusive evidence were not influenced by their earlier explanations, however. When the subjects' beliefs were measured after viewing the evidence, the following results emerged. The subjects' stated opinions were not affected by their earlier explanations, but were affected by the evidence that the subjects had viewed. However, when the subjects had to predict the outcome of an experiment designed to discover the true relationship between the variables of interest, there was a clear effect of the explanation manipulation and no effect of the actual evidence. In addition, a policy-capturing measure revealed a relationship between theory biases and the subjects' use of information.
dc.format.extent 58 pp
dc.language.iso eng
dc.title Effects of causal explanations and conclusive evidence on subsequent beliefs
dc.identifier.digital RICE2505
dc.contributor.committeeMember Lane, David M.;Martin, Randi C.
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Psychology
thesis.degree.discipline Social Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
dc.format.digitalOrigin reformatted digital
dc.identifier.callno Thesis Psych. 1985 Kellam
dc.identifier.citation Kellam, Kathryn Laney. "Effects of causal explanations and conclusive evidence on subsequent beliefs." (1985) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/104859.


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