Cognitive dissonance processes serve an action-oriented adaptive function

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43:e38 (2020)
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Abstract

The action-based model of cognitive dissonance proposes an adaptive function for rationalization that differs from the one offered by Cushman. The one proposed by Cushman is concerned more with the cold construction of cognitions, whereas the one proposed by the action-based model is a motivated protection of a strongly held cognition.

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