The college students in the experiment truly believed that the flood was coming. Each time the flood did not come, the students were led to believe another story. Most of the sample stuck together and believed each time that there was going to be a floods and they were going to be picked up by flying saucers. These people truly believed that the messages were real. I would have left after the first flood did not happen!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
When I had Social Psychology class, we learned about cognitive dissonance. As I recall, cognitive dissonance is the feeling that you get after you learned that you have not achieved your goal. We gave many examples in class such as feeling neglectful and mad that you overslept and cause you overslept you were late for class. Festinger explains dissonance as a relation between two things.