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ERIC Number: ED199605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Memory Processes and the Integration of Attitudinal and Behavioral Information.
Croxton, Jack S.; Miller, Arthur G.
Many scientists are currently studying the manner in which individuals process social information. The reconstruction of attitudinal and subsequent behavioral information was studied to determine whether information about a person's schema can influence the interpretation of that person's subsequent behavior or whether the behavior itself is more salient to an observer than the context in which it occurs. In two sessions two weeks apart, undergraduates (N=160) read a series of attitude statements purportedly made by a target person, and an essay purportedly written by that person. Subjects then completed a recognition test for the attitude stimuli and essay argument. Results indicated that attitude statements which were consistent with a given schema were more apt to be remembered than were attitude statements which were inconsistent with that schema. The essay content influenced memory for the attitude information; however, memory for the essay content was not influenced by the writer's prior attitude statements. These findings appear to provide evidence for the effect of schematic processes on memory for attitudinal stimuli. Additionally, information contained in subsequent behavior(s) may influence memory for schema content. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).