Affect and cognition in attitude formation towards familiar and unfamiliar attitude objects: the case of nanotechnology

R.I. van Giesen

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU

Abstract

Together, the chapters in this thesis show that although the default is to rely on affect, in attitude formation toward unfamiliar attitude objects, people are able to draw on cognitive inferences provided that there are enough cues available (e.g. product context, high Need for Cognition, or being more often exposed). In addition, whether people rely on affect or cognition depends on which process is the easiest. The attitude component which is decisive in the attitude formation process requires the least elaborate process. This thesis contributes to a better process understanding as both affective-cognitive and deliberative-intuitive dimensions were simultaneously studied. Finally, it is concluded that attitudes toward unfamiliar attitude objects, in this case nanotechnology applications, are still subject to change. This has implications for communication about new technologies, as it is important to address both affective and cognitive aspects.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • van Trijp, Hans, Promotor
  • Fischer, Arnout, Co-promotor
Award date30 Jun 2015
Place of PublicationWageningen
Publisher
Print ISBNs9789462573390
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • nanotechnology
  • consumer attitudes
  • attitudes
  • decision making
  • technology
  • food technology
  • knowledge level
  • cognition

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