Causes of Cognitive Dissonance


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Which of the following are examples of cognitive dissonance?

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1. According to Cognitive Dissonance Theory, a person might experience a sort of inner conflict because _____.

2. Which of these quotes describes an experience of cognitive dissonance?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

While completing this assessment on the causes of cognitive dissonance, you'll test your understanding of this topic and review examples.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will assess your knowledge in the following areas:

  • Examples of cognitive dissonance
  • Why inner conflict occurs according to the Cognitive Dissonance Theory
  • When cognitive dissonance is strongest

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about cognitive dissonance
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about why inner conflict occurs in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding when cognitive dissonance is strongest

Additional Learning

Explore this topic further by reviewing the related lesson titled Causes of Cognitive Dissonance. Here's a snapshot of what this lesson covers:

  • Primary cause of cognitive dissonance
  • Leon Festinger's introduction of the cognitive dissonance theory
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