Need for Closure Moderates the Break in the Message Effect

Dariusz Doliński , Dolińska Barbara , Yoram Bar-Tal


Cutting the message into smaller portions is a common practice in the media. Typically such messages consist of a headline followed by a story elaboration. In a series of studies Dolinski and Kofta (2001) have shown that such a break in the message increases the effect of the information provided in the headline over that of a story which actually contained information inconsistent with that headline. A possible explanation of this effect, based on the concept of the need for cognitive closure, is presented in the article. The experiment shows that break-in-the-message effect is found mainly for participants with high need for closure but not for those with low such need.
Author Dariusz Doliński (Wydział Zamiejscowy we Wrocławiu)
Dariusz Doliński,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy we Wrocławiu
, Dolińska Barbara
Dolińska Barbara,,
, Yoram Bar-Tal
Yoram Bar-Tal,,
Journal seriesFrontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishmass-media, social influence, cognitive structuring, moral judgments
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
FRONTIERSDolinski, Dolinska, Bar-Tal.pdf 154.76 KB
Score (nominal)35
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.006; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 2.323 (2) - 2016=2.822 (5)
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