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ERIC Number: ED050075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 135
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The Effect of Varying Amounts of Factual Information on the Acceptance of Propositions of Fact and Policy.
Kowitz, Albert Clay
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of messages composed of statements of fact on the acceptance of propositions of fact and policy and, on the basis of findings, to develop a scientific theory of message content. Subjects listened and responded to messages on three topics which contained either one, two, or three units of information. The same information was used to support propositions of both fact and policy. Subjects were then asked to rate the facts on two dimensions of truthfulness and favorableness before and after listening to the messages. It was found that (1) perceived truthfulness of factual information was strongly associated with the individual's acceptance of related propositions, (2) the more the subjects perceived statements of fact to be true, the greater was their acceptance (or rejection) of related propositions of policy, (3) significant differences in acceptance of propositions of fact and policy did not occur when the amount of factual information was varied, and (4) attitude on a topic was weakly associated with the acceptance of propositions of policy related to that topic. (Author/JM)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University