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ERIC Number: ED116056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 22
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Cross-Cultural Comparison of Cognitive Consistency.
Khokhlov, Nikolai E.; Gonzalez E. John
International Journal of Psychology, v8 n2 p137-145, 1973
A comparison of cognitive consistency was conducted across two cultural groups. Forty-five American subjects in Southern California and 45 subjects in Northern Greece responded to a questionnaire written in their native language and which contained three classical paradigms for balance theory. It was hypothesized that significant differences in responding to cognitive imbalance would emerge in cross-cultural comparisons. As predicted, highly significant differences were detected in the subjects' responses to cognitive inconsistency with balance effect being inoperative in the Greek cultural group. In addition, a unique contribution to the cognitive balance effect in the American sample was demonstrated by the college age group. In the discussion, the validity of a universally operative model of cognitive consistency as an irresistable tendency to resolve cognitive imbalances by an automatic adjustment of attitudes is questioned. (Author)
Nikolai E. Khokhlov, California State College, San Bernardino, California 92407
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Greece