2Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to John Stephan, School of Management, Marist College, 355 Dyson Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. E-mail: John.Stephan@marist.edu or to Joel Brockner, Columbia Business School, Columbia University, 715 Uris Hall, New York, NY 10027. E-mail: email@example.com
Spaced Out in Cyberspace? Evaluations of Computer-Based Information1
Article first published online: 31 JAN 2007
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 2, pages 210–226, February 2007
How to Cite
Stephan, J. and Brockner, J. (2007), Spaced Out in Cyberspace? Evaluations of Computer-Based Information. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37: 210–226. doi: 10.1111/j.0021-9029.2007.00157.x
1The authors thank Michael Morris, Batia Wiesenfeld, and an anonymous reviewer for their constructive comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.
- Issue published online: 31 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 31 JAN 2007
This study draws on cognitive elaboration theory to examine when and why people evaluate computer-based information more favorably than information from a less automated source. Half of participants received information from a computer, while half received the identical information from a less automated source. Moreover, participants were induced to be more vs. less involved in the information-acquisition process. As predicted, participants in the low-involvement condition evaluated the information more favorably when it came from a computer than from a less automated source. This difference was eliminated in the high-involvement condition. Further supporting our reasoning, the interaction effect between information source and level of involvement was more pronounced for participants low, rather than high, in need for cognition.