The Psychology ebook Collection: Cognitive Consequences of Forced Compliance


If you study psychology there is a very good chance that you will be introduced to the theory of cognitive dissonance. This robust theory suggests that a motivational state of inner tension is triggered by logically inconsistent ways of thinking.

Originally published in the Journal of Abnormal & Social Psychology, Cognitive Consequences of Forced Compliance by Leon Festinger & James Carlsmith was the first of numerous studies to corroborate the theory of cognitive dissonance. The premiss for this classic piece of research was to test what happens to a person's private opinion if he is forced to do or say something contrary to that opinion?

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