When political expertise moderates the impact of scandals on young adults' judgments of politicians
Article first published online: 16 MAR 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 255–261, March/April 2005
How to Cite
Régner, I. and Floch, V. L. (2005), When political expertise moderates the impact of scandals on young adults' judgments of politicians. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 35: 255–261. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.245
- Issue published online: 16 MAR 2005
- Article first published online: 16 MAR 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 SEP 2004
- Manuscript Received: 22 MAR 2004
This short note investigated how expertise in a political scandal moderates whether the activation of this scandal produces assimilation in the evaluation of politicians in general and contrast in the evaluation of specific politicians. It was hypothesized that participants with a rich knowledge about the scandal would display the assimilation and contrast effects whereas those with a poorer knowledge would not. Results tended to support this prediction, suggesting that the impact on judgment of a specific context depends on the amount of knowledge participants possess about this context. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.