The Theory of Cognitive Dissonance in Psychology


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Who was the psychologist associated with developing the theory of cognitive dissonance?

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1. Under what set of circumstances does cognitive dissonance occur?

2. If you are experiencing cognitive dissonance, what would you NOT want to do to resolve the situation?

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Test your ability to identify the principles behind the cognitive dissonance theory in this quiz and corresponding worksheet. You will be quizzed on who came up with this theory and the meaning of cognitive dissonance.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Ways to resolve cognitive dissonance
  • Definition of cognitive dissonance
  • Who came up with the cognitive dissonance theory
  • Characteristics of a person who is going through cognitive dissonance

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about when people go through cognitive dissonance
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding characteristics of cognitive dissonance and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related psychology lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about cognitive dissonance, review the lesson titled The Theory of Cognitive Dissonance in Psychology. This lesson will enhance your understanding of the following topics:

  • Definition of cognitive dissonance
  • Ways to overcome cognitive dissonance
  • Contributions made by Leon Festinger
  • How cognitive dissonance develops