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Most Underappreciated50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work$
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Robert Arkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.001.0001

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Bet You Didn’t Know I Did a Dissonance Study

Bet You Didn’t Know I Did a Dissonance Study

(p.208) Bet You Didn’t Know I Did a Dissonance Study
Most Underappreciated

Dan Batson

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Dan Batson reflects on his most underappreciated work: a paper entitled “Rational processing or rationalization? The effect of disconfirming information on a stated religious belief.” Published in 1975 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the study tested the dissonance theory by exploring the nature of religious beliefs and reactions to contrary evidence. Batson explains why his study had little impact in the field of social psychology.

Keywords:   Dan Batson, rational processing, rationalization, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, dissonance theory, religious beliefs, contrary evidence, social psychology

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