The author would like to thank Rudolf Cohen, Martin Irle, Robert M. Stern, and Hoben Thomas for their helpful comments on the manuscript.
Information search and attribution: Cognitive processes mediating the effect of false autonomic feedback
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2006
Copyright © 1979 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 19–37, January/March 1979
How to Cite
Liebhart, E. H. (1979), Information search and attribution: Cognitive processes mediating the effect of false autonomic feedback. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 9: 19–37. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2420090103
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Received: 8 OCT 1996
All published experiments using false autonomic feedback are reviewed and four sets of necessary conditions mediating its effects are proposed. These conditions convern (a) search for an explanation of the feedback, (b) availability of potentially explanatory context features, (c) causal attribution of the feedback, and (d) salience of the perceived causes. Conflicting results, including outcomes of cognitive desensitization, are explicable by reference to these conditions. Evidence supports the attributional theory of emotional behaviour and the assumed equivalence of actual and fictitious arousal although the boundary conditions of the latter postulate need still be explored.