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within-dimension attitude consistency

the extent to which pieces of attitude-relevant knowledge related to a single underlying dimension (i.e., a distinct category of information) are evaluatively consistent with one another. If the information within each underlying dimension of the attitude is evaluatively consistent (e.g., all positive or all negative), within-dimension attitude consistency is high. However, this type of consistency does not necessarily imply that cross-dimension attitude consistency is high. For example, the information related to one dimension could be extremely positive and the information related to a second dimension could be extremely negative, resulting in high within-dimension consistency but low cross-dimension consistency. Likewise, high cross-dimension consistency does not necessarily imply high within-dimension consistency. See also ambivalence of an attitude; complexity of an attitude.

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June 19th 2024

cautious shift

cautious shift

a choice shift in which an individual making a decision as part of a group adopts a more cautious approach than the same individual would have adopted had he or she made the decision alone. Studies suggest that such shifts are (a) rarer than the opposite risky shift and (b) most likely to occur when the majority of the members of the group, prior to discussion, favor a cautious rather than a risky choice. See also group polarization.