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Kathryn Nehez

Nehez, K. (2009, May). Finding value in dissonant information: Examining the limitation of relevance in evaluating information.
Mentor: Dr. Roger Stanton


The purpose of the present research was to investigate how the relevance of information affects the preference for information consistent with personal views. Participants were given a proposal, of a new required college course involving teaching library and technological skills. The proposal pertained to either the student’s present institution or a different college. Participants gave their initial decision and then were given more information about the proposal (either two or ten pieces of information) then had to choose which piece of information was most useful and make their final decision. Results indicate a preference for consistent information regardless of information quantity.

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