Testing the self-perception explanation of dissonance phenomena: on the salience of premanipulation attitudes.

  title={Testing the self-perception explanation of dissonance phenomena: on the salience of premanipulation attitudes.},
  author={Daryl J. Bem and Haley McConnell},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={14 1},
A controversy has arisen over the "interpersonal simulations" used by Bern to support his contention that his self-perception theory accounts for cognitive dissonance phenomena. Specifically, the critics challenge the implication of his analysis that the premanipulation attitudes of subjects in dissonance experiments are not salient in their postmanipulation phenomenology. The present investigation answers this challenge by demonstrating that subjects in a typical forced-compliance experiment… 

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