Effects of Explanation and Counter-Explanation on the Development and Use of Social Theories.

@article{Anderson1986EffectsOE,
  title={Effects of Explanation and Counter-Explanation on the Development and Use of Social Theories.},
  author={C. Anderson and E. S. Sechler},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
  year={1986},
  volume={50},
  pages={24-34}
}
Social theories-beliefs about relations between variables in the social environment-are often used in making judgments, predictions, or decisions. Three experiments on the role of explanation in the development and use of social theories were presented. We found that explaining how or why two variables might be related leads to an increased belief in and use of the explained theory. A counterexplanation task was found to be effective in eliminating this initial explanation bias (Experiments 2… Expand
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