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Cognitive Dissonance in Psychology: Theory, Examples & Definition

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What is cognitive dissonance?

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1. Which of these is an example of someone coping with cognitive dissonance?

2. Why did the $1 subjects in Festinger's study change their mind about the task?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of cognitive dissonance theory in psychology. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the essential characteristics of cognitive dissonance as well as knowing common examples of cognitive dissonance.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The essential characteristics of cognitive dissonance
  • Common examples of cognitive dissonance
  • The reason the subjects changed their minds in Festinger's study
  • The person who introduced the theory of cognitive dissonance and when
  • The conditions a person may experience cognitive dissonance

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as cognitive dissonance and pre-existing belief
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related cognitive dissonance theory in psychology lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the cognitive dissonance theory in psychology and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how individuals cope with cognitive dissonance

Additional Learning

To learn more about how beliefs and actions coincide, review the corresponding lesson called Cognitive Dissonance in Psychology: Theory, Examples & Definition. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the exact meaning of pre-existing belief
  • Explain how individuals alleviate their cognitive dissonance
  • Identify the essential characteristics of cognitive dissonance
  • Know common examples of cognitive dissonance
  • Learn the reason the subjects changed their minds in Festinger's study
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