An uninformed electorate: identity-motivated elaboration, partisan cues, and learning

  title={An uninformed electorate: identity-motivated elaboration, partisan cues, and learning},
  author={Freddie J. Jennings},
  journal={Journal of Applied Communication Research},
  pages={527 - 547}
  • F. J. Jennings
  • Published 3 September 2019
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Applied Communication Research
ABSTRACT A deliberative democracy is reliant on an informed electorate discussing issues and presenting persuasive arguments. Individuals acquire information from exposure to political messages. Partisan cues, however, undermine learning outcomes. The current study experimentally examines the social cognitive processes that underlie this learning process. Integrating the social identity theory, elaboration likelihood model, and the theory of motivated reasoning to construct the theoretical… 
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