Title

Mad enough to see the other side: Anger and the search for disconfirming information

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2011

Abstract

The current research explored the effect of anger on hypothesis confirmationthe propensity to seek information that confirms rather than disconfirms one's opinion. We argued that the moving against action tendency associated with anger leads angry individuals to seek out more disconfirming information than sad individuals, attenuating the confirmation bias. We tested this hypothesis in two studies of experimentally primed anger and sadness on the selective exposure to hypothesis confirming and disconfirming information. In Study 1, participants in the angry condition were more likely to choose disconfirming information than those in the sad or neutral condition when given the opportunity to read more about a social debate, and reading the disconfirming information affected their subsequent attitude. Study 2 measured participants' opinions and information selection about the 2008 US Presidential Election and their desire to omove againsto a person or object. Participants in the angry condition reported a greater tendency to oppose a person or object, which resulted in the attenuation of the confirmation bias.

Keywords

Anger, Action tendency, Selective information, Confirmation bias, Argumentative

Discipline

Cognition and Perception | Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Cognition and Emotion

Volume

25

Issue

1

First Page

10

Last Page

21

ISSN

0269-9931

Identifier

10.1080/02699930903534105

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02699930903534105

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