Attitude change on Reddit's change my view

John Hunter Priniski, Zachary Horne

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Abstract

People generally ignore evidence that is contrary to their beliefs (Nickerson, 1998). To examine the factors that promotes attitude change with a new perspective, this study examined how people change their beliefs on a range of topics from gender identity to gun control on the Reddit forum Change My View. Specifically, we examined how people on Change My View cite evidence to change other people's minds. As prior work suggests, we find that people are not easily convinced to change their beliefs about social and moral issues, and this occurs even though people cite considerably more evidence while discussing these issues. However, our data provides one source of optimism: We found that the amount of evidence provided in a discussion predicts attitude change, suggesting that while attitude change is hard-won, providing facts and evidence may nonetheless be an effective persuasive tactic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Pages2279-2284
ISBN (Print)9780991196784
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2018
Event40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - Madison, United States
Duration: 25 Jul 201828 Jul 2018
http://www.cognitivesciencesociety.org/conference/cogsci-2018/

Conference

Conference40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Abbreviated titleCogSci 2018
CountryUnited States
CityMadison
Period25/07/1828/07/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • attitude change
  • Reddit
  • change my view
  • naturalistic data

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