Research Paper by Senior Lecture Yoshiyuki Ueda et al. published in Psychologia, an international peer-reviewed journal of psychology
A research paper by Senior Lecture Yoshiyuki Ueda, Chifumi Sakata (first author, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University), and Associate Professor Michio Nomura (Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University) was published in Psychologia, an international peer-reviewed journal of psychology.
Attitude persistence involves the maintenance or reinforcement of an initial attitude, despite the counter-opinions of others. Previous studies suggest that the importance of a topic has a significant impact on attitude persistence. However, it is not clear whether the effect is invariant in different communication environments. This study investigated two presentation modalities (audio and video) and visual access to the speaker’s eyes (looking at the eyes or mouth) to determine whether topic importance invariantly induces irritation about the counter-opinion that leads to attitude persistence. Our results revealed that: 1) irritation upon hearing a counter-opinion led to attitude persistence regardless of the modalities and 2) topic importance affected irritation with the audio presentation; its effect was slightly weaker with the video presentation. Our results also indicate that when the effect of topic importance is directly compared across modalities, it is generally related to irritation in both modalities.
*This study was conducted at the laboratory in the annex building of the Kyoto University Institute for the Future of Human Society (formerly Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University).
Sakata, C., Ueda, Y., & Nomura, M. (2022). The effect of topic importance on irritation toward audio- and video-presented communication in attitude persistence. Psychologia, 64.