The effect of analyzing reasons on the stability of brand attitudes: A reconciliation of opposing predictions

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Past research has shown that thinking of reasons as to why one likes or dislikes an object can disrupt attitude stability, even though other forms of effortful processing (such as that induced by high involvement) typically produce strengthening effects on stability. The current article addresses this dilemma by showing that, depending on specific theoretically derived moderating factors, reasons analysis can produce either a disruptive or a strengthening effect on attitude stability. Our findings help to resolve the conflict surrounding the effects of reasons analysis and also provide support for a construction-based match-mismatch account of the underlying process.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sengupta, J; Fitzsimons, GJ

Published Date

  • December 1, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 705 - 711

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0093-5301

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1086/425105

Citation Source

  • Scopus