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Duane T. Wegener

Duane T. Wegener

My research interests relate to the areas of attitude change and social cognition, including persuasion, attitude strength, attitude-behavior consistency, selective exposure to information, decision making, stereotyping and prejudice, and impression formation. Much of this work addresses factors that influence the amount and nature of information processing activity, the biases that can be created in peoples' thoughts and perceptions, and the steps that people sometimes take in attempting to rid their thoughts and perceptions of perceived biases.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Person Perception
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Blankenship, K. L., & Wegener, D. T. (2008). Opening the mind to close it: Considering a message in light of important values increases message processing and later resistance to change. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Clark, J. K., Wegener, D. T., & Fabrigar, L. R. (2008). Attitude accessibility and message processing: The moderating role of message position. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
  • Clark, J. K., Wegener, D. T., & Fabrigar, L. R. (2008). Attitude ambivalence and message-based persuasion: Motivated processing of proattitudinal information and avoidance of counterattitudinal information. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • DeSteno, D., Petty, R. E., Rucker, D. D., Wegener, D. T., & Braverman, J. (2004). Discrete emotions and persuasion: The role of emotion-induced expectancies. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86, 43-56.
  • Shestowsky, D., Wegener, D. T., & Fabrigar, L. R. (1998). Need for cognition and interpersonal influence: Individual differences in impact on dyadic decisions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74, 1317-1328.
  • Wegener, D. T., Clark, J. K., & Petty, R. E. (2006). Not all stereotyping is created equal: Differential consequences of thoughtful versus non-thoughtful stereotyping. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 42-59.
  • Wegener, D. T., Kerr, N., Fleming, M., & Petty, R. E. (2000). Flexible corrections of juror judgments: Implications for jury instructions. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 6, 629-654.
  • Wegener, D. T., Petty, R. E., Bedell, B., & Jarvis, W. B. G. (2001). Implications of attitude change theories for numerical anchoring: Anchor plausibility and the limits of anchor effectiveness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 37, 62-69.
  • Wegener, D. T., Petty, R. E., & Smith, S. M. (1995). Positive mood can increase or decrease message scrutiny: The hedonic contingency view of mood and message processing. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 69, 5-15.

Other Publications:

  • Fabrigar, L. R., MacDonald, T., & Wegener, D. T. (2005). The structure of attitudes. In D. Albarracin, B. Johnson, & M. Zanna (Eds.), The handbook of attitudes and attitude change (pp. 79-124). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Petty, R. E., & Wegener, D. T. (1998). Attitude change: Multiple roles for persuasion variables. In D. Gilbert, S. Fiske, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), The handbook of social psychology (4th ed., pp. 323-390). New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Wegener, D. T., & Carlston, D. E. (2005). Cognitive processes in attitude formation and change. In D. Albarracin, B. Johnson, & M. Zanna (Eds.), The handbook of attitudes and attitude change (pp. 493-542). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Wegener, D. T., & Fabrigar, L. R. (2004). Constructing and evaluating quantitative measures for social psychological research: Conceptual challenges and methodological solutions. In C. Sansone, C. C. C. Morf, & A. T. Panter (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of methods in social psychology (pp. 145-172). New York: Sage.
  • Wegener, D. T., & Petty, R. E. (1997). The flexible correction model: The role of naive theories of bias in bias correction. In M. P. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in experimental social psychology (Vol. 29, pp. 141-208). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Wegener, D. T., Petty, R. E., Smoak, N. D., & Fabrigar, L. R. (2004). Multiple routes to resisting attitude change. In E. S. Knowles & J. A. Linn (Eds.), Resistance and persuasion (pp. 13-38). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Courses Taught:

  • Grad/Undergrad: Attitudes and Attitude Change
  • Graduate:Statistical Approaches to Social Psychological Data
  • Undergrad: Introduction to Quantitative Topics in Psychology

Duane T. Wegener
Department of Psychology
Ohio State University
1835 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
United States

  • Phone: (614) 292-1866

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